AFCON 2013: “Moses Begged Me To Allow Him Play Penalties, I Will Play Spot-Kicks In Future” – Mikel Obi

John Mikel Obi has revealed that he was set to take the two penalty kicks, in the Super Eagles last Group C game against Ethiopia, but his Chelsea team mate Victor Moses, pleaded to allow him take them.

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Obi had missed from the spot in the second game against Zambia, but Moses converted the two kicks to give Nigeria a much needed victory.

The midfielder however said he will not run away from taking spot-kicks in future.

He said: “I will not shy away from taking spots kicks because I missed one. After all, some of the best players in the world have at one time or the other missed spot kicks; so why should I be an exception.

“That I missed a spot kick does not mean that I would stop taking penalty kicks if called upon to do so. As a matter of fact, I wanted to take the kick against Ethiopia but when Moses begged me to allow him, I obliged and I am happy he scored both kicks.

“I am not dampened by that miss against Zambia at all. I will take a spot kick if we have one in our next match on Sunday.”

Nigeria play Cote d’Ivoire on Sunday, for a place in the last four.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Hmmmm, I never objected mikel’s spot-kick, but I am afraid that the super eagles will be shocked if mikel was oppurtuned to take penalties on our next match, I have said my mind o!

  2. Guy respect yourself,no just try am oo,wait till you go back to chelsea ,if you like take all thier penalty there,if i may ask,when last did a goalkeeper catch a ball you kick?,you think a whole nations cup is were you can experiment you skills

  3. this is to show that our National coach Stephen Keshi doesnt have a say in that team. Players do what dey want and their own will. Coach like Sampson Siasia wount allow this rubbish.

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