Mikel Obi has been temporarily replaced with the in-form Nigerian midfielder in the English Premier League, Wilfred Onyinye Ndidi for some scheduled friendly football matches.
Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr has concluded plans to replace captain Mikel Obi with Wilfred Ndidi in the midfield when Nigeria takes on Senegal and Burkina Faso in two high profile games this month.
Mikel, the captain of the Super Eagles have been granted permission by Rohr to miss the upcoming friendly ties, to allow him settle down at his new club Tianjin Teda of China.
To that effect Ndidi who has in the past replaced Mikel in the Super Eagles midfield during competitive games will be handed a start against Senegal and Burkina Faso.
Ndidi’s form for Leicester City has been one of the bright side of a dour 2017 for the Foxes, and he could line up in the midfield alongside Ogenyi Onazi and Oghenekaro Etebo who will play just behind the main striker.
In other news, Gernot Rohr has made public the list of players he has invited for the two international friendly matches against Senegal and Burkina Faso later this month, leaving out the legion of Eagles players plying their trade in China.
Eagles in China include Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel, Odion Ighalo, Brown Ideye, Anthony Ujah, Obafemi Martins and Chinedu Obasi.