As Nigeria's Super Eagles get ready to play Iran later today at the ongoing 2014 World Cup in Brazil, PUNCH reports that John Mikel Obi, Osaze Odemwingie and Victor Moses are the three Super Eagles players that Brazilians are showing more love and demanding autographs from.
The trio play professional football in England’s Premier League with Chelsea, Stoke and Liverpool respectively.
was gathered that Mikel stands out as many of the fans' favourite as
they roar Mikel, Mikel, Mikel from the moment he steps out of the hotel
to the team’s bus and onto the pitch where kids dare security personnel
in a marathon race to either embrace him, clean his boot or kiss him.
Mikel is reported to always show some love by clapping and waving back at the fans.
who is playing in his first World Cup, while speaking with newsmen on
his expectations in Brazil said: "It is my first World Cup and I am
ready just like other players are ready, too. The World Cup remains the
highest height of every footballer’s ambition.
* Super Eagles players in Brazil
am happy to be playing here but more importantly is that we have a
dream of playing for each other. We want to make something out of the
World Cup. It is not about individuals. It is about a team. And I am a
member of the team.
"It is good to know that many expect me to
lead. In this team, the coach determines what we do and we do it
according to his instructions. People might not notice the roles of
players but the coach knows and we do things collectively to ensure that
we come out victorious.
"There is love and unity in the team. We
are like a family. All the players are ready to give their best. And
with these will-power, I think that we will do well because of this
"I promise good outing by the team. You are aware
that all teams are well prepared for the World Cup. So, no one
underestimates any team. You need to work hard first and also rely on
goodluck. We’ve been working hard and deserve to do well."
Nigeria is in Group F along side Argentina, Iran and Bosni-Herzegovina.
The South Americans currently top the group after they defeated Bosnia 2-1 early this morning.