15 January 2013

Former Nigeria star Tijani Babangida has tipped Chelsea midfielder Mikel Obi to be the key in Nigeria’s quest for a third AFCON title.
The ex-Ajax Amsterdam winger told MTNFootball.com that Mikel’s displays for Chelsea as well as his performances in the Eagles have shown that he will play a pivotal role for the Eagles in South Africa.
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“With his current form and what he achieved last season as well as his recent performances for Eagles, it is very clear he is our class act,” Babangida said.
Speaking generally about Stephen Keshi’s team at the 2013 AFCON and the exclusion of some established names like Obafemi Martins, Taye Taiwo and Osaze Odemwinge the former Eagles winger said, “Keshi knows better because he gave these players a chance to prove themselves, so if he makes any decision now as regards them, it could only be best for the team.
“But all the same I still believe Obafemi Martins ought to be in the team because he has scored almost every weekend in Spain. We are going to miss his experience.
“Even though we are looking for younger players, his current form shows he needs to be there. Don’t forget at the France 1998 World Cup the late.Rashidi Yekini was included due to his experience
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