Super Eagles supporters were hopeful of the captain’s return to the national team for the first time after the world cup only for him not to be included in the 23 man list.
In a report by Kwese ESPN, Super Eagles head coach Rohr revealed that the decision not to include the team to face South Africa was not entirely his.
Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi has stated that he is ready to play as a defensive midfielder at the 2018 FIFA World Cup if demanded by the coach
Mikel who scored for Tianjin Teda in their home loss to Shanghai Shenhua has fully recovered from injury but is not yet ready to make a return to the team.
Rohr also confirmed that despite missing the Super Eagles last five games, Mikel is not yet retired and is expected to return to the team for the 2019 AFCON next year.
He said,”Mikel told me that he will tell me when he will be ready to come back. He didn’t tell me yet. So I wait. “I hope that we can go with him to Afcon and win it for him.”
With Wilfred Ndidi already out of the game against South Africa due to accumulated yellow cards, Rohr revealed why he did not call up Ogenyi Onazi.
“We have four defensive midfielders. [Oghenekaro] Etebo, Mikel Agu, John Ogu, and Semi Ajayi.”
The Super Eagles have a chance to qualify for the 2019 AFCON if they beat South Africa before a friendly game against the Cranes of Uganda.