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Mikel ready to down Lone Star

John Obi Mikel who is staging a return to the Eagles under coach Stephen Keshi hinted that he is ready to battle Liberia and secure a win that will earn Nigeria qualification for the 2013 African Cup of Nations.

Mikel was prominent in the 15-man list of foreign-based players released by Keshi for the crucial tie billed for October 13 in Calabar.

“I am ready to put in my best to see that we redeem ourselves by defeating Liberia to secure the AFCON ticket. Missing out of last edition still hurts and so this is a must-win game and I am ready to do battle,” Mikel said.

Midfielder John Mikel Obi (R) vies for the ball against Liverpool’s Craig Bellamy (L) during an English Premier League match

Mikel did not play in the first leg which ended 2-2 in Monrovia. He was excused after he told Keshi that he was not disposed to playing on artifical turf, which the Liberian had originally planed to use for the game. Mikel stated that he has always been ready to play for Nigeria.

“I have said it times without a number that I have no other nation apart from Nigeria and I am happy to be back in Eagles even though I have always seen myself as part of the team even when I was not playing games for the team.

Mikel, who has won 37 caps and scored two goals since his debut in 2005, has yet to play for Nigeria under Stephen Keshi, who took over from Samson Siasia in November.



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