Ex-Super Eagles’ coach, Christian Chukwu, has described Chelsea’s John Mikel Obi, as one of the greatest midfielders to have emerged from Nigeria.
Mikel, who made his Eagles’ debut in 2006, clocks 29 on Friday.
“There is no debate about his class which I attribute to discipline and dedication,” Chukwu said.
“Mikel is committed to whatever he wants to do and that has helped him a big deal as a footballer.
“He is gifted, talented and he is one of the greatest midfielders ever to come out of the country.
“And for those who condemn him for not scoring goals, I would say the most important thing in football is playing to coaches’ instructions and not what people think the player should do.
“Mikel has been consistent for Chelsea because he is playing to his manager’s instruction. If not, he would have spent more time on the bench.
“And personally, I don’t feel that scoring goals should be a factor for becoming a great player.”
Chukwu is confident that the 29-year-old can continue playing at the highest level for many years to come while wishing him well on his birthday.
“For the national team, he has been doing his best and I believe he has years ahead of him in the Super Eagles. To be honest, he has paid his dues,” he continued.