Etim Esin has said the Super Eagles midfielder is not
worthy of putting on the country’s revered jersey number
following his no show at the ongoing 2014 Fifa World Cup
Former Nigeria star Etim Esin has disclosed that Super Eagles
midfielder John Obi Mikel is not worthy of putting on the is
not worthy wearing Nigeria’s number 10 jersey following his
below par outing at the ongoing 2014 Fifa World Cup.
Esin who wore the country’s national team respected jersey
number between 1988 and 1992 lambasted Mikel after his
disappointing display that led to the country’s exit in the
round of 16 to France.
“Mikel was a big flop in Brazil. He wears Nigeria’s No.10
jersey but he did not show he is worthy of wearing it at the
big stage like the World Cup,” Esin told NigeriaNewsWatch.
“He rose to the occasion in South Africa but in Brazil he was
not committed and ended up as a monumental disaster.
“Look at how other players who wore No.10 jerseys for their
respective countries have been playing including Messi,
Neymar, Sneijder and the young chap from Colombia, James
“He failed to carry Eagles along as the pilot of the team. Have
you seen a No.10 that did not make a goal attempt let alone of
scoring. Jokes apart, Mikel has not shown he deserves to
wear our No.10 jersey.”
He however called on the former Flying Eagles midfielder to
improve his game and follow the path of the country’s
legends like Henry Nwosu and Austin Okocha who shone
wearing the jersey number during their active days for Super
“He should go and watch the video clips of Henry Nwosu and
Jay Jay Okocha including my humble self and get some
tutorials on how they played as Nigeria’s No.10. You must be
special to wear the No.10 jersey and for me, has not done
“While Musa and Osaze were busy taking all the free kicks
and corner kicks he was idle strolling in the pitch. As soon as
Onazi was stretchered out, he was exposed.
“I don’t have anything against Mikel, when he came into
limelight I was one of the first person that tipped him for
greatness but I am amazed that he has yet to live up to
expectations and I am highly disappointed.
“There is no doubt that he is a good player having shown his
qualities in the past, but he has to raise his game at the
moment considering the fact that he plays for a big club like
Chelsea or else he would continue to warm their bench. I am
giving him this advice for his own personal interest,” he