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Oliseh Says Mikel Obi Never Returned His Phone Calls when Recruiting for AFCON 2017 Match



LAGOS, NIGERIA - MARCH 15: Former Nigerian international Sunday Oliseh poses with UEFA Trophy displayed for public viewing at Eko Hotel on March 15, 2014 in Lagos, Nigeria.  Football fans were given the opportunity to visit with the Heineken UEFA Champions League Trophy which began a three-nation tour in Nigeria under the auspices of Champions League partner, Heineken. Fans took photographs with the brand ambassador, former Real Madrid and ex-international football star Christian Karembeu. (Photo by Pius Utomi Ekpei/Getty Images)

Newly appointed Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh has addressed a big question on the minds of many Nigerian football fans: Why was Mikel Obi‘s name excluded from the list of players invited for the forthcoming 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Tanzania?

During a chat with Vanguard, Oliseh set the record straight. This is what he said, as reported:

“Well this issue is an enigma and we have been trying to understand it but I am in the dark personally, and with my assistants we spent time about 11 days in and around Europe talking to players, watching games. We contacted each of the players, call them up, call the clubs and eventually met with the players.

I went to England on a Thursday and Chelsea was just coming back, we had fixed our visit to coincide with the end of their tour before they played Arsenal. I contacted Obi Mikel, called him on phone four times, the phone kept on ringing nobody picked it up, I sent him an SMS and got no response. But I called Victor Moses the phone rang three times and he picked it up and I spoke with him, told him to concentrate on his game.

After the game he came to my hotel and we met and I told him my plans for the national team. I left to Liverpool to meet the other player and I spent about six hours to go there and back but there was no response from Mikel until I returned here.

I think it was yesterday (Wednesday) that I saw a missed call, so at the moment I don’t know what the situation is. For me everybody is the same and will be treated the same.”

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  1. ChiChiChilolo

    August 21, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Hmmmn. Mikel not picking your called Uncle Sunday? Is that the only reason? There has to be other things that affected now. Anyway i am here commenting, Mikel is still making much money than me sha.

    • fd62kola

      August 22, 2015 at 2:11 am

      is it really all about making money? na wa o. we de talk national team u de talk akara and boli

  2. Ene

    August 21, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Great!Please build a team.

  3. Busarni

    August 21, 2015 at 11:55 am

    that your own side of the story; Mikel will give his own side too

  4. Suwa

    August 21, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Mikel you do well o! Make another player show im talent too since you dey do shakara to pick call

  5. Pat

    August 21, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    When players are paid late and have to demand for their money before they get paid. Promises of bonuses which was never fulfilled the last time. I don’t totally blame Mikel Obi I guess he is more focused on his club who keep to their agreement and pay him in due time.

    • mrs chidukane

      August 21, 2015 at 3:27 pm

      Focused on club indeed. Abi focused on the bench he’s usually warming, lol.

    • Pat

      August 22, 2015 at 3:05 pm


  6. lolarae

    August 21, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Olsieh is like the hottest igbo man ever gosh look at him

    • Toyo

      August 21, 2015 at 2:54 pm

      he’s from Abavoh, Delta State. he’s not Igbo

    • Olanne

      August 21, 2015 at 6:42 pm

      No, he is what? If his last name is not Igbo, mbok, what is it?! Some people with their limited view on who “Igbos” truly are be on here writing this and that. He is Igbo! He speaks Igbo, his ancestors are Igbo and he is Igbo. Just because it is Delta does not mean they are not Ndiigbo, biko!

    • Honero

      August 21, 2015 at 11:52 pm

      Ur mumu isn’t contagious right?

    • Mee

      August 22, 2015 at 9:06 pm


  7. N

    August 21, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    You for send am text.

    • MissE

      August 21, 2015 at 3:41 pm

      He actually did. It’s stated in the 2nd paragraph.

  8. Anonymous

    August 21, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Stop callin’ .. Stop callin’ .. I don’t wanna talk anymore

  9. fan

    August 21, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Abeg leave Mikel joor,he fall my hand for last world cup.try another person

  10. Lookman oloko

    August 21, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    sunday oliseh, try to treats “Mikel Obi with a respects, he deserved it

  11. melikey

    August 21, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    ..if its true,Mikel,a fall comes immediately after pride oh!

  12. Nelly Agwu

    August 22, 2015 at 1:54 am

    Please Oliseh your reaason of exclusion not cogent enough. Do you know if Mikel is sick or well disposed. Don’t prejudge him. Be a father, friend and brother to this boys. Drop your Ego yeah your the BOSS. Did you Return back the miss call?

  13. Is it by force

    August 22, 2015 at 8:44 am

    @olanne, please shut up!!!!! He is not Igbo! So the the people that speak Yoruba in Portugal are yorubas instead of Portuguese abi? Is it by force for him to be Igbo??? He is from Abavoh, their culture differs from the igbos! Language is not the sole and only determinant factor of where one is from. All these Easteners always forcing Deltans to be igbos. We are not Abeg pack well.

    • les slut

      August 22, 2015 at 11:40 am

      Keep on deceiving urself ok. As far as the Real Niger Deltans (Urobhos, Itshekiris, Ijaws, Isokos, Kalabaris ets) are concerned all of una Kwales, Ugwashiukwi, Agbor eg. Uti “Nwachukwu”, and Asaba, and also the Ikweres of Rivers are all Igbos or Ibos or even Eboes…. whatever

  14. les slut

    August 22, 2015 at 11:44 am

    And not forgetting that Sunday Oliseh middle name is Ogochukwu so is Stephen “Okechukwu” Keshi.
    Folks out here should pay a little attention of their Heritage and stop leaving in Denial over what I still haven’t figured out

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