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Mikel Obi, Musa Out Of S’Eagles Friendlies

Mikel Obi
Posted: May 13, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Mikel Obi, Super Eagles captain and Ahmed Musa, the team assistant captain, have been ruled out of the Super Eagles friendly matches against Mali and Luxembourg on May 27 and June 01 respectively.

The players were released by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) because of their involvement in the Joseph Yobo testimonial game planned for the Akwa Ibom State capital, Uyo on Friday, 27th May.

“The NFF leadership has decided that Mikel (Obi) and (Ahmed) Musa should be excused from the two friendly matches in Europe so that they can honour Joseph Yobo, who is having his testimonial game on the same Friday, 27th May that we are playing Mali in Rouen, France.

“The two players have been communicated accordingly,” NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, confirmed on Thursday. Nigeria will play Mali in Rouen on 27th May and then take on Luxembourg in Luxembourg on the first day of June.

Yobo’s testimonial, to which he has invited several players from outside the country as well as Super Eagles’ players of his generation, has now been moved from Port Harcourt to the magnificent Akwa Ibom Stadium, Uyo.

Yobo represented Nigeria at both U-20 and senior levels, captaining the Super Eagles at the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups and featuring in six Africa Cup of Nations’ finals. He won a century of caps for the senior team, with his last match being the FIFA World Cup Round of 16 defeat by France in Brasilia in 2014.

Meanwhile, Coach Salisu Yusuf has extended an invitation to Morocco –based midfielder Babatunde Michael, who played for Nigeria at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, to join the squad for the two friendly matches against Mali and Luxembourg.