Mikel Obi, Oghenekaro Etebo to Miss Out Friendly Against Poland

China-based Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel is likely to miss out on the team’s friendly against Poland on Friday, as he has yet to renew his work permit in China.

Also, midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo will not be featuring for the side due to injury.

The game against Poland is one of two friendlies lined up for the side in March as they step up preparations for this year’s Fifa World Cup in Russia.

The Eagles will take on Serbia in the United Kingdom, four days after the Poland friendly.

According to a statement from the Nigeria Football Federation, the former Chelsea player had been working hard at renewing his work permit in China, where he plays for Tianjin Teda.

“We all had been hoping that the renewal would come in good time for him to fly to Poland. As it is now, it is not likely that he would make the trip,” it read.

Meanwhile, Nigeria-based goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa and South Africa-based Daniel Akpeyi are expected on Wednesday.

Those in camp include goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, as well as defenders Kenneth Omeruo, Elderson Echiejile, Stephen Eze, Abdullahi Shehu and Chidozie Awaziem.

Others are Joel Obi, John Ogu, Ogenyi Onazi, Uche Agbo and Wilfred Ndidi, as well as forwards Ahmed Musa, Moses Simon, Odion Ighalo, Kelechi Iheanacho and Victor Moses.

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