Gernot Rohr reacts to Mikel Obi’s absence for Poland game

Comments()
Getty
The 30-year-old midfielder will not be in action when the Super Eagles square off with the White and Reds at the Municipal Stadium

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has reacted to the absence of the team captain John Obi Mikel ahead of their international friendly game with Poland on Friday evening.

The Tianjin Teda midfielder has been ruled out of the encounter with Adam Nawałka’s men due to work permit issue at his China base.

However, the German tactician is confident that there are capable hands who can take responsibilities in the absence of the skipper to secure the desired result in the outing.

“The only game we lost was against South Africa last year in June. So I hope this time will be better we have a team but we need a leader,” Rohr said in a pre-match conference.

“John Obi Mikel is our uncontested leader but it will be interesting to see how the other players can do without him.

“Unfortunately he had this problem with work permit in China which means he could go out and not come back so it was a problem.

“We are playing like a team and we have other players who can take responsibilities.

“We have a second captain, we have a third captain we have a fourth captain so I think the team will be able to give a good answer.”

Article continues below

Gernot Rohr

Also, the three-time African Champions will take on Serbia at the Hive, London on March 27 as they continue their preparation for the 2018 World Cup.

In Russia, Nigeria will have to contest with Argentina, Iceland and Croatia in Group D for a chance to progress in the tournament.

Next article:
No doubt Valverde and Alba will stay at Barcelona, says Bartomeu
Next article:
'Stones could be world-class' - Man City defender impresses former captain
Next article:
'Vinicius has to be in Real Madrid team before Bale' - Mendieta urges Solari to keep faith in teenager
Next article:
Gfinity FIFA Series January preview - the first FIFA 19 tournament of 2019
Next article:
'Cech could have gone on' - Seaman surprised by Arsenal keeper's retirement decision
Close