Ex-international, Mutiu Adepoju, has said the experience of Super Eagles skipper, Mikel Obi, is very important for the national team to excel in an attempt to earn the Russia 2018 World Cup ticket.
Adepoju said despite not playing for his club, Chelsea FC of England, his leadership quality in the Super Eagles was enough to rate Mikel as a true leader.
“Mikel is one of the leaders in the Super Eagles,” he said.
“People should not judge him with his current condition in Chelsea because anytime he is with the national team, he gives his best and also motivates the other players to perform, I think we should leave it that way.
“It is not good to evaluate everybody on the same platform, if you look at Mikel since becoming the captain; he has been giving more than 120 per cent to the cause of the team. We should encourage him.”
He further applauded the current goal scoring form of Leicester City winger, Ahmed Musa.
The former Kano Pillars striker was again on the scorers’ sheet against Tottenham Hotspur in a 1-1 draw in one of the English Premier League matches played at the weekend.
Musa has scored back-to-back in the English Premier League, after failing to score in his first five league games at Leicester.
He opened his account for the EPL defending champions in a 3-1 defeat of Crystal Palace, just a week ago.
Adepoju added: “Musa scored again and I believe that will definitely boost his confidence coming back to the national team. “He should continue in that form and he will surely get back to scoring ways for the Super Eagles.”
Meanwhile, the current La-Liga ambassador says he expects the Super Eagles to defeat their Algerian counterpart in a World Cup qualifier scheduled for November 12 in Uyo, Akwa Ibom.
Adepoju urged the team to continue the good work started in Zambia when they won their first game 2-1 away in Ndola.
“My expectation is nothing less than victory; we have a formidable team after winning the last two matches against Tanzania and Zambia.
“Although we have to be very careful, Algeria drew their game at home and will be looking forward to get a victory when they come to Nigeria.
“I believe in our players and they should not go to sleep because the job is just starting, they should not be complacent, they should rather improve on what they did against Zambia,” he said.