My Family Will Kill Me If Nigeria Does Not Qualify For Russia 2018 – Super Eagles Skipper, Mikel Obi

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LUBANGO, ANGOLA - JANUARY 25: John Obi Mikel of Nigeria during the Africa Cup of Nations Quarter Final match between Zambia and Nigeria from the Alto da Chela Stadium on January 25, 2010 in Lubango, Angola. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Super Eagles skipper, John Mikel Obi has said his family would not be happy with him if he fails to qualify Nigeria for the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Mikel Obi, who is married to a Russian woman Olga Diyachenko with whom he has a set of beautiful girls revealed that his Russian family, relatives and friends were earnestly rooting for Super Eagles to be at the World Cup next year, adding that he was optimistic that Nigeria can earn a place at the global finals.

The Tijanjin Teda of China midfielder , who spoke to FIFA. COM, said:

“My wife is Russian and many of our relatives and friends are from Russia. They are all expecting Nigeria to qualify for the next World Cup. I think they will kill me if I fail them,” he added, laughing.
“We are in a very good position in our group. We have two wins from two games, and in our last game we beat Algeria at home. We have a very good young team and the players play good football. If we can win our next match (at home to Cameroon on 31 August) it will edge us closer to qualification. I think we can go through.”
“As everyone knows, they are a very good team. They are strong and they play with confidence. We must get ourselves well prepared for this game and try our best to get on top against them. It won’t be easy but these are important matches. If we win both, we will be almost there.”

“So it was a shame. But this is part of the game and now I am focusing on recovery and on coming back stronger. I will do whatever I can to get fit to play for Teda and my national team.
“This Nigeria team look up to me for advice. My team-mates miss me and they need me. As the captain, I want to fulfil my role and help them with my experience.”
“The next World Cup in Russia will be a fresh chance for us but, first, we have to make it there. Then the next challenge will be to make sure we enjoy an even better tournament in Russia than we did in Brazil.”

Nigeria is already four points clear of second-placed Cameroon and five ahead of Zambia and Algeria in Group B.


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