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Oliseh to Mikel: Play defensive midfield or walk

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Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh, has warned Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel to step up his game as a defensive midfielder for Nigeria or forfeit his place in the team.

Mikel in the past had running battles with previous Eagles coach on the right position to play for Nigeria as some coaches in the past preferred him to return to his original attacking midfielder position that brought him to limelight at the 2005 World Youth Championship in Holland.

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“With the national team, it’s not what you want that matters, it is what will bring us results,” said Oliseh in a radio interview on Friday.

“If you don’t want to do that, I will play players who want to help us, like I did against Swaziland.

“My personal opinion is that he should be given a more central defensive role, like (Guus) Hiddink is using him.
He should be the umbrella for the two central defenders,” Oliseh said.

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