Mikel: We Are Determined To Beat France


Few hours before Nigeria take on France in round of 16 of the ongoing 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Super Eagles’ player, John Obi Mikel, has said that he is not ready to be the African side’s Diego Maradona.

Speaking ahead of the match that many Nigerian fans have tagged ‘win or come home’, the Chelsea midfielder added that the team is all that matters for Stephen Keshi’s men and that none of the players are looking for individual glory.

“I only care about the team. Nobody wants to be the Maradona of this team,” Mikel said at a press conference ahead of Nigeria’s round of 16 game against France.

“We don’t want to be talking about individuals. We all want to do our utmost for the team and I will keep giving my all.

“It will be a spectacular game and we are very motivated. The match could be decided by details. It will be a close encounter.

“I have played against some of the France players before in the Champions League. The coaches have also done their homework on how to approach the game and have given us all the details we need,” Mikel noted.

The Nigeria’s match versus France is expected to kick off 5pm local time while Argentina’s match against Algeria is scheduled for 9pm.

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Meanwhile, President of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Aminu Maigari, has assured Nigerians that the Eagles would fly over the Les Blues of France on June 30, 2014, Monday.

“We are not done yet. I can tell you that the Super Eagles will overcome France on Monday and that will be another glorious record,” Maigari said as he flew out of Sao Paulo to Brasilia on Sunday morning.

He added: “I have confidence that we will beat France. If you have followed our campaign well, you would notice that we have improved match after match.
“We came close to upsetting Argentina in Porto Alegre. We do not fear France.”


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