Former Super Eagles captain, Mikel Obi, reportedly tried to get Alex Iwobi dropped from the starting XI during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, it has been revealed.
Mikel and Iwobi were both handed starting roles in the Eagles’ opening game against Burundi but the captain wasn’t happy with the Everton star after the game for “cramping in his playing space and style on the pitch and wanted him dropped,” according to journalist Osasu Obayiuwana on Twitter.
“That was something Rohr was never going to accept, which made his selection duties much easier,” the journalist added.
“After (Mikel’s) top-grade performance with (Middlesbrough) in the championship, it was thought that he would exhibit the same form during the (AFCON 2019),” Obayiuwana narrated on Twitter.
“But despite engaging a personal trainer after the season, Mikel’s physical conditioning dropped.
“This was quite evident in Asaba, during the one-week I spent with the (Super Eagles) before they left for Egypt.
“But he was always going to be a part of the squad because Gernot sees him as integral to it, even when he’s not 100 percent fit.
“The drop in (Mikel’s) physical conditioning – as seen from the group (AFCON 2019) games he played – forced Rohr and the staff to make the decision that he wouldn’t have more than a bit-part role during the tournament,” Obayiuwana also wrote.