Ex-Nigeria international Victor Ikpeba has defended Gernot Rohr’s decision to omit Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel from the squad to prosecute impending clashes against South Africa and Uganda.
Mikel has not been named in the Eagles squad since the team’s elimination from the World Cup in June.
Ikpeba has now noted that the team needs to continue to show they aren’t dependent on the leadership of their captain.
Speaking on Monday Night Football on SuperSport, Ikpeba said:
“Mikel is not a must in Eagles. I understand the coach. Mikel has been a fantastic player for the national team for more than a decade. And I understand that the skipper and the coach have a great relationship but we don’t know why he was not invited.
“But, this is great for the team and great for the young set of players that they can do without Mikel and without Victor Moses. The team has been brilliant without them and the coach has been apt with the decision,” he said.