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Mikel returns for Liberia

Coach Stephen Keshi has included Chelsea midfielder Mikel Obi for next month’s AFCON clash, it has been gathered.

Mikel opted out of the first leg in Monrovia, which finished 2-2, when it was first learnt that the game would be played on an artificial turf.

According to top officials of the glass house Coach Stephen Keshi handed his programme  to the NFF technical department Tuesday.

“The coach has plans to name a killer squad that would include Chelsea stars John Mikel Obi and Victor Moses,” a top official revealed.

Several top officials who accompanied the Eagles to Monrovia earlier this month clamoured for the recall of Mikel after the team’s midfield collapsed against a rampant home team.

Mikel has yet to play under Keshi, who took charge of the Eagles in November.

However, West Bromwich Albion striker Osaze Odemwingie will have to wait a little longer before he returns to the Eagles fold, another top official said.

“For Osaze, he would just be returning from his three-match ban and the coach feels he has not seen enough of him so I don’t think he would be making the Liberia game,” the official revealed.

It was also gathered that the Eagles coach is expected to name his squad for the AFCON return leg next week with the camp opening for home-based players in the first week of next month.

The match will be played on October 13 in Calabar.


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