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AFCON2019: Nigerians react as Mikel is announced to lead super Eagles

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named a 25-man provisional list today.

Nigeria’s head coach Gernot Rohr named a 25-man provisional list today, wherein he recalled Mikel Obi to lead the team in the 2019 African Cup of Nations.

Mikel, Samuel Chukweze, Leicester striker Kelechi Iheanacho, John Ighalo, Ahmed Musa among others made the Super Eagles’ list for Rohr’s 25-man provisional list.

This has stirred reactions among Nigerian football lovers across the country. Taking to social media soon after the announcement was, they expressed mixed feelings at Mikel’s invitation.

Some reactions below

@iSlimfit wrote: He might not be able to bring much to the table, but we still need that experience in the team, and Mikel is like the only player that can offer that right now. However, I don’t know what Kelechi Iheanacho’s business is on that list though.

@biolakassim wrote: Mikel makes AFCON could eventually work out well but staying off the qualifiers totally as captain without retiring almost feels like abandonment.

What if we didn’t qualify? But he is a great influence on the boys & they regard him highly. Hopefully, it is the right decision

@Toluwaseyini wrote:

What is Mikel doing in this team again?
The same way we wasted Joseph Yobo’s slot back then.

We haven’t learned one or two things.

@iDebris wrote: Apart from the fact that Mikel Obi & Iheanacho does not have any business being in this squad one other significant issue I have with it is how overloaded the forward is compared to the midfield in the squad #SuperEagles #TotalAFCON2019

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Premier League Reveals When Fans Will Return To Stadium

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The Premier League has said it is optimistic that “we will see fans back in the stadiums next season”. However, the crowds are likely to return “on a phased basis”.

Football will resume on June 17, following a three-month shut down because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Games will be played behind closed doors at venues yet to be decided.

In an interview with Sky Sports News, Premier League chief executive, Richard Masters, said: “No one knows when matches will move away from the behind-closed-doors model and it is right to have contingency plans in place, but there is optimism at the Premier League and at clubs that we will see fans back in the stadiums next season and it may happen on a phased basis.

Masters also disclosed that some of the remaining matches in this season’s competition could be played at neutral venues. However, a decision on that will be reached by the end of next week.

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English Premier League Set To Resume June 17

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The English Premier League (EPL) season is set to resume on June 17, with games between Manchester City v Arsenal and Aston Villa v Sheffield United.

According to reports, the matches are the two games in hand before a complete fixture list would then be played from June 19 to 21.

Also Read: English Premier League Clubs Vote For Return To Contact Training

Recall that on Wednesday, all the 20 clubs in the league vote unanimously to begin contact training.

Germany’s Bundesliga resumed earlier this month and La Liga in Spain hopes to return from June 11.

No matches have been played since Leicester’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa on March 9.

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Man Utd Manager, Solskjaer Hopes Ighalo Will Stay With Team

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he hopes January signing, Odion Ighalo will stay at the club should the Premier League season restart next month.

Former Super Eagles forward, Ighalo, was signed from the Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua in January, but his short-term deal expires at the end of May.

Despite United’s interest in extending Ighalo’s stay, Shanghai is reportedly keen for him to return to China for the start of their season.

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“The loan deal went to the end of May now, so obviously he’s supposed to be going back,” Solskjaer said.

“We’re in dialogue and hopefully (he can stay). They’ve been great towards us, his club, and allow him to play for his dream club. It’s been a dream for him and hopefully he can finish off what he started, maybe with a trophy or two. But at the moment nothing’s been agreed yet. Their league is going to start soon so we are just waiting to see.”

Ighalo scored four goals in three starts and made eight appearances in total for United.

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