John Obi Mikel, the former captain of Nigeria’s senior national football team, the Super Eagles, has spoken out about his concerns regarding the team’s performance under Portuguese coach Jose Peseiro. As reported by OGN, Mikel stated that he has not been impressed with the team’s displays since Peseiro took charge, and he believes that there has been little improvement in the team’s style of play compared to the previous manager, Gernot Rohr.
Peseiro has been in the role for nearly a year, but the team has only managed three wins in nine games, all of which were in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against teams that Nigeria should typically defeat easily. However, the team has also suffered embarrassing defeats, such as a loss at home to Guinea Bissau and a 0-4 thrashing against Portugal, which has led to calls for Peseiro’s contract not to be extended when it expires in May.
Mikel, who has represented Nigeria in multiple international tournaments and has a wealth of experience, expressed his disappointment with the team’s performances under Peseiro. He emphasized that the team’s style of play has not improved significantly and is not up to the standard expected of the Super Eagles. Mikel believes that Peseiro bears some responsibility for the team’s struggles and expressed his concerns about the team’s current form.
In an exclusive interview with Owngoalnigeria.com, Mikel shared his thoughts on the team’s performance, calling for better results and a higher level of play from the Super Eagles.
” They (Super Eagles) should play better than what we are seeing at the moment. The coach has been there for a year and we still can’t see any visible change in the way the team was under the previous manager (Gernot Rohr). The team is poor and you can’t leave out blaming the coach”
As a former captain and a respected figure in Nigerian football, Mikel’s comments highlight the growing concerns about the team’s performance under Peseiro’s leadership and the need for improvement as they prepare for upcoming competitions.