Scoring goals in matches was not easy, says Mikel

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Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi, says he is happy that the team won against Algeria in the World Cup qualifier played in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State on Saturday.


Obi said this in a post-match news conference after the Super Eagles drubbed the visiting Desert Foxes of Algeria 3-1 in a well attended match played at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium.

He said scoring goals in matches was not easy, but his team had to employ the tactic of moving the ball around to make it difficult for the opponents to catch up with them.

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Obi admitted that Algerians played “a nice game” but the Eagles utilized all their chances to win the match.

He said he did not know why his coach at English Premier league club, Chelsea, Antonio Conte, was not fielding him in matches.

Obi said: “I try to make myself fit, I work very hard and I feed well.

“I have been playing for Chelsea Club for 11 years; well let’s see what happens by January next year.”

Also speaking in the post-match briefing, the Algerian captain, Carl Medjani, admitted that his team lost some scoring chances during the match against the Super Eagles in Uyo.

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Medjani said that the Algerians could still qualify for the world cup, adding that the team would play better in their subsequent matches.

Medjani said: “We are very disappointed.

“We have to win the remaining games and Nigeria could lose.”

The match was watched by the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki; the Senate Minority Leader, Chief Godswill Akpabio; and Akwa Ibom State Deputy Governor, Moses Ekpo.

Others included former Super Eagles skipper, Jay Jay Austin Okocha; and a former Eagles midfielder, Friday Ekpo.

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