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Captain of the Super Eagles of Nigeria John Obi Mikel gave a cheeky response to a question directed at Alex Iwobi on if he is keen to inherit Mikel’s Super Eagles number ten jersey.
During the Super Eagles interactive session with the media, Iwobi was asked if he has the desire to emulate the shirt number made famous by his uncle Austin Okocha during his playing days with the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
” I don’t want to talk about this because as you can see, my captain is already slapping me”, Iwobi said and it sparked the hall into a round of laughter.
” In regards to the shirt, I’m not really fazed about the shirt. If I get number 10, I get it. All I know is I’m here to represent my country and I’m proud to wear the colours. I’m not really fazed about what shirt (number) I’m wearing and really my uncle (Okocha) does not pressure me. I mean, I focus on myself “. He said.
After Iwobi has given the above response, Mikel collected the microphone from the Arsenal forward and jokingly said to the man who scored one of the goals when Nigeria beat Zambia 2-1 in the reverse fixture of Saturday’s game in Ndola ” Don’t worry, I will soon retire for you”.