Chelsea star John Obi Mikel named new captain

Chelsea star John Obi Mikel has been named as the new captain of Nigeria ahead of their African Cup of Nation qualifiers, according to reports from the London Evening Standard.

Mikel has been plying his trade with the Blues since 2006, the same year he made his Nigeria debut as a young 18-year-old midfielder.

And after making 72 caps for the Super Eagles, the 28-year-old has finally been named as the new captain for his country, replacing CSKA Moscow star Ahmed Musa as the new holder of the armband.

However, Musa, who is a target for Premier League leaders Leicester City, has no issues with giving Mikel the captaincy, citing that the Chelsea midfielder is correctly the most experience player in the squad.

“Mikel is the oldest serving player in the team and it is the right thing for him to have the armband,” he said.

“This is just to correct what was done in the past.”

Mikel has been heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge this past season due to the high number of players competing for a place in Chelsea’s midfield, with Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic ahead of him in the pecking order.