By Albert Akota
Super Eagles media officer, Toyin Ibitoye, has revealed that captain Mikel Obi was left out of Nigeria’s squad to face Libya in this month’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers two-legged encounters due to his fitness issue.
Mikel is yet to feature for the Super Eagles since their Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup first round elimination.
“We expect him to be available for the November game against South Africa, “Obi Mikel has been excused because he is just recovering from injury in China and needs time to fully regain fitness,” Ibitoye said.
Mikel played the entire duration of Tianjin TEDA’s 1-0 loss away at Guizhou Hengfeng in a Chinese Super League game on Sunday.
The game was his 16th of the CSL season, Libya currently lead Group E of the 2019 AFCON qualifiers with four points followed by South Africa on the same point.
Nigeria is third in the table with three points from two games, while Seychelles are bottom without a point from two games.
Meanwhile, Watford striker Isaac Success has vowed to bring his club form to the Super Eagles when they face Libya in a double-header this month in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
The Hornets number ten says he is delighted to earn a recall to the Super Eagles, noting that most people wrote him off after he struggled at Watford in the first half of last season and failed to find his scoring boots while on loan at Malaga this year.
Off the pitch, he had been in the news for the wrong reasons but has promised to turn over a new leaf and say’s he will be focused while on international duty.
Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr has named eight attack-minded players on a 24-man roster and Success is expected to act as cover for his former teammate at Watford, Odion Ighalo.
The former Nigeria U17 sensation is having his best spell in a Watford shirt, playing every single game contested by the club in all competitions and scoring two goals in the League Cup.
Success’s only appearance for the Super Eagles to date was against Senegal in an international friendly in London back in March 2017.