Mikel to lead Nigeria

ABUJA: Chelsea star Mikel Obi is the new Nigeria captain after Ahmed Musa relinquished the position on Thursday, saying this was to clear “a mix-up”. “Something happened before I was made the captain of the Super Eagles. There was a mix-up,” Musa said. “But right now, we have a new administration. Mikel is my senior and a big brother. So, Mikel is the captain, not me.” Mikel described Musa as a “wonderful professional”, commending his courage to surrender the captaincy to him. “I want to thank Ahmed Musa for being a wonderful professional,” he said. Mikel will now lead Nigeria in Friday’s crucial 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Egypt in Kaduna.