John Obi Mikel
Chelsea midfielder Mikel Obi has said that the Super Eagles were fired up to reach next year’s AFCON and as such will thrash Liberia on Saturday in Calabar.
“The (team) spirit is high and with our form and determination we will beat Liberia silly,” Mikel enthused after training Thursday.
“I am not looking down on them, but it’s a game to determine our participation in the Nations Cup and we are ready to grab it with both hands.
"I am here for the game and I am ready to do battle against Liberia. I am in good shape and form now, I will do my best to see that we beat Liberia.
“It is a battle we have to win, we know what is at stake and we are not taking it easy with them,” the Chelsea star told MTNFootball.com.
For their last visit at full international level, the Lone Star of Liberia complete with the legendary George Weah lost 2-0 to the Eagles in Port Harcourt in a 2002 World Cup qualifier.
Mikel was held back in London over a visa application to Ukraine for this month’s UEFA Champions League clash against Shakhtar Donetsk.
He arrived the Eagles training camp in Calabar on Wednesday and hours later worked out with the rest of the squad under the guidance of coach Stephen Keshi.
Mikel has yet to play for Nigeria since Keshi took over the team in November.
He opted out of last month’s 2-2 draw with Liberia in Monrovia after it was initially believed that the game will be played on an artificial pitch.