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Super Eagles Captain, Mikel Obi Not a Better No. 10 Player – Says Jose Mourinho

Going by the last Super Eagles Russia 2018 World Cup first group game, there has been a lot of debate among dignitaries in the round leather ball across the globe, with many praising the super eagles captain, others are blaming the incompetent no 10 player for lack of good coordination in the mid-field.  Joining the top dignitaries accusing Mikel Obi of incompetency is his former coach at Chelsea who is currently the manager of Manchester United, Jose Mourinho.

The Manchester United manager in his own view, sees Mikel as one of the worst no 10 player to have worked with him.

Mikel has often played an advanced role for the Super Eagles while he played a much deeper role for Chelsea successfully for close to 11 years.

The Nigeria captain, now 31, appeared out of sorts on Saturday playing behind lone striker Odion in the 2-0 defeat to Croatia in their Russia 2018 World Cup opening clash.

Mourinho, who signed a young Mikel for Chelsea in 2006 and converted him from an attacking midfielder to a defensive midfield, has agreed with those calling for the Tianjin TEDA star to be deployed in a deeper role.

On the Russian TV station RT, where he is working as a World Cup pundit, Mourinho said, referring to Mikel: “Nigeria lost a good No.6 to get a bad No.10.”

The Super Eagles, who have failed to advance the two previous times they lost their opening games, face Iceland on Friday needing a win to keep hope alive. However, the super eagles are not the only African country struggling to make it out of their group, four out the five representing the continent have so far lost their opening matches, leaving only Senegal who are yet to play their first game of the tournament.

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