Super Eagles midfielder John Obi Mikel has been ruled out of Wednesday night’s friendly match between the Super Eagles and the Bafana Bafana at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban.
The team’s media officer, Ben Olaiya, on Tuesday in Durban disclosed that his club, Chelsea FC notified coach Stephen Keshi that the 26-year-old midfielder was having a stomach upset and would not be able to honour the Nelson Mandela Challenge.
“The mood in the camp is high as all 19 players, including Victor Moses are already there and happy to have been called up for the match,” Olaiya added.
“There are no injury worries. They are ready to play to make the country proud. I want all Nigerians to expect the best from the team on Wednesday.”
Meanwhile, about six Orlando Pirates players have pulled out of the friendly match, sitting involvement in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League, while Belgian side Racing Genk have refused to release South African defender Anele Ngcongca.
Head coach of the Bafana Bafana, Gordon Igesund believes the players’ absence will not stop them from beating the Eagles as they bid to improve on their Fifa rankings and prepare for their crucial World Cup qualifier.
“We are capable of defeating the Eagles, even though I concede the fact that Nigeria has quality players. Bafana Bafana equally have quality players too.”
Kick-off time has been set at 7:15pm Nigerian time.