The playmaker has not made an appearance for the Nigerian senior men’s team since their exit from the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, and there have been rumors that Mikel may call time with the team soon.
However, his early camp arrival and drive to see the Eagles succeed at the AFCON has debunked every tittle-tattle surrounding the Nigerian’s retirement plans.
“Mikel has at all times been a professional and the fact that he arrived here early means that he is very committed to do well and to lead us.
“We expect 25 players here but some of them cannot come in today because they had games – like [Odion] Ighalo came yesterday from China — Alex Iwobi is also being expected.”— Gernot Rohr
About 18 players have arrived at the Super Eagles camp in Asaba, while the other players are expected to arrive before Saturday, 8th June.
Training have been scheduled to begin on Monday in other to get the players ready for the AFCON.
In their opening match, the Eagles will take on Burundi on June 22 in Alexandria, after which they will face Guinea and Madagascar on June 26 and June 30, respectively.
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