Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel has affirmed his full commitment to the national team and that he will make himself available for selection once he solves his ‘physical and fitness issues’.
The Tianjin TEDA midfielder who has not featured for Nigeria since the World Cup in June highlighted that he will keep supporting the Eagles as they look to qualify for the 2019 AFCON billed for Cameroon.
Speaking to AOIFootball, Mikel said: “I’m still not ready to come back yet. Still have some physical and fitness issues. I wish the team well and will always do.
“My commitment to the national team remains 100%; I still remain a part of the team and will always support the lads. The Nations Cup remains our ultimate goal for now and we are just one point away from reaching that target,” he added.
Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, had disclosed that Mikel’s exclusion from the team is down to his own decision and that the 31-year-old is to determine when he will return to international duty.
Since his move to the Asian side, Mikel has battled with injury and fitness and also trying to find his footing with the club.