Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has said a lack of playing time in Chelsea has contributed to the decline of star midfielder John Mikel Obi. The Super Eagles defence of the African Nations Cup has not begun well as they started off with 3-2 loss to Congo in Calabar. Also on Wednesday, they played out a goalless with South Africa.
Mikel plays an advanced midfield role in the Super Eagles but he has struggled to find his form in recent times. In the game with the Bafana Bafana he was again anonymous and Keshi feels that his bit part laying in helsea may likely have a hand in his performance decline. “It might [be]. He’s not playing n his club, that doesn’t mean I annot use him in my team. That is the coach’s choice not to play him in his team, but my team is in good shape. After a world of experience playing in the Champions League, he earned his place and he has to make the best out of the situation,” Keshi said.