Middlesbrough have wished Nigeria captain John Mikel Obi the best of luck after he was named in Super Eagles provisional squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, Sports&study.org reports.
Mikel last appeared for the Super Eagles in their last group game against Argentina at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, but will return for one last bow with the three-time African champions in Egypt.
He was part of the 25-man provisional squad released by Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr on Monday. The midfielder featured for Middlesbrough during the just concluded season, joining the club on a short-term deal in January.
Good luck to @mikel_john_obi, who has been named in Nigeria’s provisional squad for the #AFCON,” reads a tweet on the club’s official Twitter handle on Tuesday.
Mikel will hope to lead the Super Eagles who are back in the competition after missing the last two editions to a fourth AFCON title in Egypt. He was part of the Super Eagles team that conquered the continent in South Africa 2013 edition.