By Adeboye Amosu and David Meshioye in Kigali:
Super Eagles head coach Sunday Oliseh has praised Mikel Obi for his recent sterling performances for English Premier League champions, Chelsea, but warned that does not guarantee him a starting berth with the national team, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Mikel lost his place in the Super Eagles to Sunshine Stars midfielder, Paul Onobi, who put up a fine performance in the 2018 World Cup qualifying fixture against Swaziland last November.
Mikel has not only featured regularly for Chelsea since Dutchman Guus Hiddink took over from Jose Mourinho, he has been one of the standout performers for the Blues.
Though Oliseh is delighted to see his countryman play on a regular basis for one of the biggest European clubs on a regular basis, he has insisted he will need to work harder to reclaim his place in the Super Eagles.
“I’m happy for Mikel. It is good that he is doing well at Chelsea which is good for our national team,” Oliseh informed Completesportsnigeria.com.
“But like I always pointed out, everybody has to fit in. We have certain role that everybody has to play in the team.
“If you fit in well in training you play, if not, you stay on the bench.
“I don’t care if you are called Sunday Oliseh or any other big name. The most important thing is adapting to our style of play.”
Nigeria will face the Pharaohs of Egypt in a 2017 African Cup of qualifier next month.