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Mikel relishing World Cup ticket: ‘Everything comes in God’s time’

20:57 GMT+3 09/10/2017
John Obi Mikel
The Super Eagles skipper is savouring the prospect of featuring in the global football showpiece for the second time in his career

Tianjin TEDA midfielder John Obi Mikel says it is a dream come true helping Nigeria secure a ticket to the 2018 Fifa World Cup.

Mikel put up a commanding performance as the Super Eagles edged Zambia 1-0 at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium to book an early flight to Russia.

According to the 30-year-old who will lead Gernot Rohr’s men quest for glory in the European country, everyone worked hard to ensure the goal was met.

“This is really a dream come true for the team and myself, we worked very hard for this believing we could do it, and we are over the moon that our aspiration has been met,” he told NFF media. 

“I want to commend everyone who has been involved in this: the players, the coaches, the backroom staff, the NFF. It was not easy but we knew from the beginning that we would have to fight hard for every point and we did.” 

The former Chelsea player feels relaxed despite missing the 2006 and 2010 edition in Germany and South Africa respectively. 

“There is nothing one can do about that; everything comes in God’s time. I am grateful to God for this ticket and we will go to Russia and give our very best.”