John Mikel Obi is ready to make a return to the Super Eagles for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, reports Completesports.com.
Mikel, 31, last appeared for the three-time African kings against Argentina – their last Group D game at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The former Chelsea midfielder failed to appear in any of Super Eagles six qualifying games en route Egypt 2019, prompting speculations he might have decided to call time on his international career.
However, Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has consistently maintained that Mikel is still part of his team despite the midfielder’s ‘self exile’.
Rohr also recently stated that he would hold talks with the former Lyn Oslo of Norway player to ascertain if would change club and rejoin the national team.
Completesports.com scooped from a reliable source close to the Super Eagles that the German tactician met Mikel in London last Saturday and the player indicated his readiness to return to the team for the AFCON 2019 finals.
Rohr will release his 26-man provisional squad for the competition this week with Mikel’s name expected to be among the invitees.
The Super Eagles will begin preparation.for the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations on 2nd June in Asaba, Delta State.
They will play a friendly game with the Warriors of Zimbabwe on 8th June at the Stephen Keshi Stadium Asaba before flying to Egypt the following day.
The West Africans will set up a final training camp in Ismailia where they will lock horns with Africa’s number one –ranked team, Senegal on 16th June before departing for Alexandria – venue of their AFCON Group B matches.
Nigeria will face Burundi on 22nd June in their first game of the tournament before confronting Guinea on 26th June and tackle Madagascar on 30th June, all in Alexandria.
By Adeboye Amosu