Obi Mikel Targets Confederations Cup Semi - Finals, Praises Stephen Keshi

Published: June 11, 2013
Obi Mikel Targets Confederations Cup Semi - Finals, Praises Stephen KeshiNigeria star John Obi Mikel has told Brazilian media that the Super Eagles can surprise pre - tournament favorites Spain and qualify for at least the semi - finals of the Fifa Confederations Cup which begins in Brazil this weekend.

''I think favoritism is a strong word. But we are excited about the tournament.

''There are many strong countries involved. It will not be easy. We will not say we are favorites, but we will do our best, give 100% as we always do.

''If we go with the same performance we had at the African Cup, I think we have good chances to reach at least the semifinals,''Mikel told the website of TV Globo.

The Chelsea midfielder has heaped praise on National Team coach Stephen Keshi, who has built a new team since taking over from Samson Siasia.

''He is the boss, that's how we call him. A nice guy to work with, disciplined, outgoing, not afraid to tell you the truth, if you are not playing well he will be the first to tell you.

''I am very happy with the way he conducts the selection, players like him very much. I think Nigeria is getting better with Stephen Keshi in charge,'' said Mikel to the Brazilian media giants.

The Super Eagles play their first game of the tournament against Oceania representatives Tahiti next Monday in Belo Horizonte.

Photo Credit: National Mirror

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