Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel and his deputy, Ahmed Musa will not play in the team’s international friendly matches against Mali and Luxembourg on May 27 and June 1.
This is after they have been allowed to attend Joseph Yobo‘s Testimonial at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo which holds on the same day as the match against Mali in Rouen, France.
The Nigeria Football Federation decided to authorize their absence from the games as a result of heavy criticisms for setting the friendly on the same day as the testimonial of the former Super Eagles captain.
Read the statement: “The NFF leadership has decided that Mikel and Musa should be excused from the two friendly matches in Europe so that they can honour Joseph Yobo, who is having his testimonial game on the same Friday, 27th May that we are playing Mali in Rouen, France. The two players have been communicated accordingly.”