Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh has left Mikel Obi out of his team to face Tanzania in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier.
Sunday Oliseh has dropped the gauntlet since becoming coach, insisting that only first team players will play for the Super Eagles.
In his team list of 18 foreign based players, neither Mikel Obi nor Victor Moses were included. Oliseh explained that he left Mikel Obi out of the team because Mikel did not show up for a scheduled meeting while the coach visited London.
“I met with the players when I went to England on Thursday, the day Chelsea was coming back from a tour before they played Arsenal in the Community Shield,” said Oliseh.
“I put a call through to John Obi Mikel. I called him four times, the phone kept ringing. I sent him a text message, I got no response. I called Moses, the phone rang three times.
And I spoke with Moses, I told him to concentrate on his game and after the game he came to my hotel room we spoke and I made him understand that my priority is building a new team and everybody is starting from zero and I needed to see players playing.
“From there I [made] a trip to Liverpool there is no secret anymore, you all know about it, everybody knows. I spoke with other players and their parents and I never got a call back from Obi Mikel until I traveled back home. But just yesterday I saw a missed call on my phone so at the moment I don’t know what the situation is now.
“For me everybody is the same and every player we call answers. To us it’s not up to me but I want to clear one thing if anybody wants to play for the Super Eagles we will all be treated the same way.
“I even told the players playing at home that home based player for me doesn’t exist, if you are a better player in Nigeria we will play you. The thing is that I have not spoken to him and I made efforts but no response, so I don’t know what to do. You people should tell me what to do, I don’t know”