– John Obi Mikel has responded to the statement made by Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr that he is being punished at Chelsea for representing Nigeria at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil
– Mikel said Chelsea coach Conte supported him before the competiton
– The Super Eagles captain said he is ready to win more silverware with Chelsea and qualify Nigeria for the 2018 World Cup
Super Eagles’ captain John Obi Mikel has reacted to the statement that he was being put on the bench at Chelsea as a punishment for him to have followed the Nigeria U23 team to the 2016 Rio Olympics where they came back with a bronze medal.
This season, John Obi Mikel has not kicked a ball for the Blues in any competition, a situation which has generated a lot of talks among sports pundits who have questioned the decision of Chelsea coach Antonio Conte for him to have kept Mikel on the bench.
Prior to the Super Eagles 2018 World Cup qualifying game against Algeria which they won 3-1 in Uyo, Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr said Mikel is being kept on the bench at Chelsea as a punishment for him to have played at the 2016 Olympics games held in Brazil.
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Mikel who scored Nigeria’s second goal against Algeria has now disagreed with Rohr’s statement claiming that he is not being put on the bench at Chelsea because he went to the 2016 Olympics.
”I will like to clarify the media claims that I am being punished at Chelsea because I went to the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, but no one is punishing me for that because my club supported me to go and feature for my country at the tournament.
”My coach at Chelsea Antonio Conte gave me a lot of support before we went to the Olympics, and he even told me to bring back the gold medal in which I spoke to the media then.
”I am not being punished at Chelsea, and I want to win more silverware with the club and also qualifying Nigeria for the 2018 FIFA World Cup,” Mikel explained