Sunday Oliseh Tells Mikel Obi: Play Defensive Midfield For Super Eagles Or Drop To The Bench

Super Eagles coach Sunday
Oliseh has warned John Mikel
Obi that he risks losing his
Super Eagles playing spot if he
refuses playing as a defensive
midfielder for Nigeria.
Mikel Obi has had a resurgence
this season while playing as a
defensive midfielder at Chelsea
but opts to play offensive
midfield when donning colours
of the Super Eagles, a trend
Oliseh wants to end.
Defensive midfield was also the
same role Mikel played when he
broke out internationally under
coach Samson Siasia at the
2005 FIFA U20 World Cup in the
“With the national team, it’s not
what you want that matters, it
is what will bring us results,”said
Oliseh in a radio interview.
“If you don’t want to do that, I
will play players who want to
help us, like I did against
My personal opinion is that he
should be given a more central
defensive role, like (Guus)
Hiddink is using him. He should
be the umbrella for the two
central defenders,” Oliseh said.