Amiesimaka knocks Mikel, Moses for shunning Venezuela’s friendly

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Nigerian former international, Adokiye Amiesimaka, has disagreed on the excuses offered by John Mikel Obi, Victor Moses and Apam Onyekachi for opting out of this month’s international friendly against Venezuela.

The players were on Sunday excused from the game by the Coach of Nigerian national team, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, for “different reasons.” Chelsea’s midfielder, Mikel, told Keshi he had “family issues” to resolve, but Amiesimaka was not impressed.

“Three of them at the same time? Mere coincidence or stage-managed ploy to miss (the game)? What may the ‘family issues’ (with Mikel)?” Amiesimaka queried. Amiesimaka, who was part of the Nigerian team that won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1980, said the players might have intentionally stayed away from the game as they “considered it not important enough.”

“Chances are that the match is not considered important enough to risk injury for,” Amiesimaka told supersport.com. The former dashing winger, however, refused to blame the players outright for opting out of the game. “I can’t blame them.

There is too much going for them in their clubs to take chances. Fundamental question for the NFF as always is: what kind of insurance cover do national team players have on national assignment? “Don’t be fooled.

Patriotism isn’t synonymous with stupidity. Knowing that your country truly cares is what facilitates patriotism,” he stated. Nigeria will face Venezuela in Miami on November 15 in the second ever clash between both nations.

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  1. I don’t think Apam will deliberately want to opt out of the friendly, because he has been itching to get back to the national team and prove he still have some value to add to the team, haven been out of the team for a long time, due to injury.
    The truth is that every player is afraid of injury. But, if everybody pull out of the match, because of the fear of injury, then, nobody will play the match come wednesday. To me, it is an honour and a privilege to be invited to play for Nigeria. Believe me, many foreign players would have paid, just to get a chance to play the match, but unfortunately, invitation is not by payment.
    Mikel has really become notorious for selecting the matches he plays. As far as I am concerned Mikel has not really proved he should be in the super eagles train to south africa. In my opinion, Moses has really added value to the team.
    Keshi should not rely only on Mikel, but give other midfielders a chance in the team.

  2. How much wll dey pay mikel dat wl make him take risk of injury when he is playin 4a big club like chelsea? Abeg make una leave mikel oo! Chelsea need him. Up chelsea up moses up chelsea

  3. Adokiye just hit the nail at the head. It’s being a long time sport administration has failed sports men and women in Nigeria. Give these sports men/women quality insurance and they will always want to be wearing the Nigerian colors. Match allowance is not always the issue but the stark reality that they would be abandoned by their Country when injury strikes is a nightmare to behold.

  4. Mikel’s excuse is lame and flimsy. He is not even a tree in super eagles. We can do without him. But FG should learn how to motivate and encourage our sports men and women. Mitchewwwww.

  5. Mikel is not a fantastic player,i dont even know his role in the Eagles.Super Eagles died in 1996.Only a team like chelsea can keep him cos they play restrictive and negative soccer,Up barca,up Messi

  6. you dont have to blame these players,i know nation team matches is important to everybody even to Mikel and co,,,but they have serious matches to play on the weekend and nest week champions league game…they are humans,if u are there position you may take escuse sometimes too..let the best and fits players be selected to the nation cup in south Africa

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