FIFA 2018: Family and Friends Boost Mikel’s Morale


Stephen Adeniran



The Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi have  divulge in a conversation with FIFA.COM that he is married to the mother of his twin babies, Russian citizen Olga Diyachenko, also revealed that his wife’s family and their friends expect Nigeria to qualify for the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup. Added jokingly that his wife’s family will kill him if he fails them.

“My wife is Russian and many of our relatives and friends are from Russia. They are all expecting Nigeria to qualify for the next World Cup. I think they will kill me if I fail them,” he added, laughing.

“We are in a very good position in our group. We have two wins from two games, and in our last game we beat Algeria at home. We have a very good young team and the players play good football. If we can win our next match at home to Cameroon on 31 August it will edge us closer to qualification. I think we can go through.”

“As everyone knows, they are a very good team. They are strong and they play with confidence. We must get ourselves well prepared for this game and try our best to get on top against them. It won’t be easy but these are important matches. If we win both, we will be almost there.”

Mikel is however charged with the responsibility of taking his country team to the next round in the Russian 2018 FIFA World cup as he looks forward to making it happen.

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