Mikel Obi’s omission from the Super Eagles team that would face South Africa in a 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier is a welcome development, according to ex-international Victor Ikpeba.
Mikel, the team’s captain was missing as coach Gernot Rohr released his team for the showdown with the South Africans.
The former Chelsea man has not featured for the West Africans since the side’s elimination from the 2018 World Cup.
Speaking on the development, Ikpeba told Brila FM that “Mikel is not a must in Eagles.
“I understand the coach. Mikel has been a fantastic player for the national team for more than a decade.
“And I understand that the skipper and the coach have a great relationship but we don’t know why he was not invited.
“But, this is great for the team and great for the young set of players that they can do without Mikel and without Victor Moses.
“The team has been brilliant without them and the coach has been apt with the decision.”