Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr confirms 'good' meeting with John Obi Mikel

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John Obi Mikel Nigeria 2018 World Cup
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The 32-year-old midfielder has not featured for the West Africans since they were dumped out of the World Cup in June 2018

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has confirmed that he had a successful meeting with Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel.

Mikel has not played for the three-time African champions since their exit from the group stage of the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia, despite affirming he has not retired from international duty.

As part of his preparation for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt next month, Rohr paid a visit to the Middlesbrough midfielder and other Super Eagles players based in England.

After the meeting with the veteran player, the 65-year-old tactician hinted that Mikel could make the squad for the African football showpiece.

“We had a good meeting with Obi Mikel and we will do a statement in a few days”, Rohr told SportingLife.

Rohr also watched the Premier League game between Leicester City and Chelsea at the King Power Stadium on Sunday, which ended goalless.

He was impressed by the performance of Wilfred Ndidi, who featured for the Foxes in the encounter, while his teammate Kelechi Iheanacho was an unused substitute.

“I had a good game to see here. Ndidi very fit,” he continued.

“Kelechi [Iheanacho] did not come in to play in the match. I would have loved to see him in action”

Nigeria have been drawn in Group B of the African showpiece, along with Burundi, Guinea and Madagascar.

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They will begin their hunt for a fourth Africa Cup of Nations title against Burundi at the Alexandria Stadium on June 22.