• Abuja (AFP) – John Obi Mikel’s recall to Nigeria’s provisional squad for next month’s Africa Cup of Nations will inspire an ambitious young side lacking experience, the team’s coach and ex-players said Thursday.
  • The Super Eagles were the youngest team at the 2018 World Cup in Russia and they will be even younger at the Africa Cup in Egypt after experienced campaigners Victor Moses, Elderson Echiejile and Ogenyi Onazi were left out.
  • Coach Gernot Rohr did not call up  Mikel during the 2019 Nations Cup qualifying tournament but Nigerian officials insisted the player was still the national captain although former Leicester City winger Ahmed Musa, 26, took over the role.
  • Former Nigeria international Ifeanyi Udeze said Mikel will provide inspiration.

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