Monday, 10 October 2011

Obi Mikel’s Lack of Professionalism and Commitment - Blame for Super Eagles' Woeful Exit from African Nations' Cup Qualifiers

The fallout from Nigeria' shock exit from the African Nations' Cup qualifiers has already began, with accusing fingers being pointed, notably at Obi Mikel.

The the Chelsea star who arrived late for the match against Guinea was forced to defend himself, saying “I had to assist my brother renew his passport” .

Obi Mikel whose dad was recently kidnapped was also seen in the field resting his hands on the waist and sometimes walking on the field. He has also been criticised for not releasing the ball quickly enough to team mates like Osaze, Obasi and Emenike.

Samson Siasia even reported that he did not want to field the footballer due to lack of professionalism and commitment to the team, but changed his mind for fear of criticisms - the Super Eagles' coach did not want to find himself in similar circumstances– criticised for his earlier actions against Osaze and Vincent Enyeama.

This is only the second time Nigeria has failed to qualify for the African Nations' Cup, the first time being in 1986 when the tournament was hosted by Egypt.

Nigerians are calling for home based footballers and asking the country to ditch the professionals who are unprofessional and not fully committed when playing for their national team.

Who is to blame for Nigeria’s failure to qualify in the African Nations' cup?

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