“NO DISCIPLINE!” MIKEL OBI REVEALS REASON FOR 2014 WORLD CUP MISHAP.
Super Eagles captain, John Obi Mikel has revealed the details behind Nigeria’s failed expedition at the 2014 Fifa World Cup claiming there was ‘no good vibe’ in the team. After being held to a goalless draw by Iran in their opening game, Stephen Keshi’s men overcame Bosnia and Herzegovina in their second match before loosing 3-2 to finalists Argentina in their last group fixture. The Super Eagles progressed to the Round of 16 but lost 2-0 to France.
Before the team’s exit from the tournament, they had shunned training owing to pay dispute with the Nigeria Football Federation. With few days to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where the Tianjin Teda midfielder will lead Gernot Rohr’s team against Croatia, Iceland and Argentina in Group D, he revealed what led to the 2014 bad outing. The former Chelsea man said,
“There were a lot of problems in the camp which a lot of people didn’t see, the media didn’t see – we kind of hid it under the table,” Mikel revealed.
“The relationships between the players were not good and there was no discipline. There was no good feeling, no good vibe. It almost got to people being pinned up against dressing-room walls, although not quite. It was confrontation and arguments. Players wanted to do their own thing and they didn’t think about the team.”
The three-time African champions will face England at Wembley in Saturday’s international friendly before taking on the Czech Republic on June 6.