Ex-Super Eagles captain has reacted to Nigeria’s World Cup shocking miss, regarding it as a very sad day in Nigerian football.
Speaking to thisdaylive , Mikel reiterated that the Super Eagles have too many leaders on the pitch giving instructions, different instructions which is negatively affecting the team’s performance.
“It was really painful that we did not qualify because it’s been a long time, we experienced non qualification (Germany 2006 finals).” Mikel told thisdaylive
” It was strange and felt really sad because I can’t imagine watching the FIFA World Cup without Nigeria and it’s even more painful to lose the chance of qualification at home. It is strange and I just hope we have learnt some lessons by looking forward to the next four years.
“I remembered the last edition in Russia when we even qualified with almost three matches to the end of the qualifying round of matches. We were motivated, we had a direction on the pitch we had a leader on the pitch. All the 11 players were listening to only one man on the pitch not many leaders in the pitch.
“We need a leader on the pitch for others to follow. You don’t need five leaders but just one because when you have four or five people giving instructions on the pitch that it not a unit,” Mikel added.
The Chelsea Legend said that Nigeria keeps shuffling players in the national team, bringing a lot of new players everytime causing instability in the squad.
He acknowledged the abundance of talent in the national team and believes that a better teamwork will spontaneously improve the team’s performance.
“I do believe in the abilities of most of the players in the camp now. They have the strength, they are fast and talented,” Mikel said.
“All we need to do is to find a way to ensure they all work together as a unit with the likes of Joe Aribo, Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho and Samuel Chukwueze playing for one another.
“And one more thing I need to say, we need to find a group and when you find the group, you start working with the group and then you start adding others to make a team but in the past few years what we have been doing is adding almost 10 fresh players for every match and the experiment has been unending.
“Unfortunately, we don’t have a core group but we keep experimenting instead injecting some of the domestic league players with the core group.” he concluded.