See who Rohr is tipping to replace Mikel in Super Eagles
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has revealed who he is tipping to replace retired midfielder John Obi Mikel.
Mikel announced his retirement on Thursday after leading the Super Eagles to bronze medal finish at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Rohr said he wants young players in his squad and revealed that Semi Ajayi could play in Mikel's midfield role.
“We have to search for new midfielders now. We have Semi Ajayi who was part of our initial 25 man list for this competition but didn’t make the final 23. He could come and play in defensive midfield. There are other young players, but it all depends on what they are doing in their clubs.”
Rohr added: “We don’t have players in Champions League clubs. We have some good players playing in second division in Germany and England. We only have two playing in England regularly, but Alex Iwobi is not all the time starting player at Arsenal, and Ndidi, yes in Leicester but it’s not a very big club.
“So I think we have to work hard to find the players who can replace Obi Mikel or the other ones we have in the team now.” He concluded.
Mikel earned 89 caps for Nigeria, scored six goals and 12 assists in the process and was part of the African Cup Nations winning team in 2013.