Saturday, 16 June 2012
Nigerian star Mikel Obi has said he will stay put at European champions Chelsea so as to become one of the club’s legends and he told MTNFootball.com in an interview about his international career as well as his recently founded foundation. Excerpts:
Mikel, what was really the driving force behind Chelsea winning the UEFA Champions League on May 19 against almost all odds?
We wanted to win it as soon as the competition commenced but at a stage, we thought we had missed out on this especially when we lost 4-1 at Napoli. But we still believed we would turn the table at Stamford Bridge.
But I believe that our greatest motivation was that we did not want to set a bad record by failing to make it to UEFA Champions League (next season) especially since we missed out of top four in the English Premier League. We therefore knew that the only option for us was to win the competition.
Drogba will be leaving Chelsea, what can you say about him and his departure?
Drogba is a world-class striker any day. He is a friend and brother. We will miss him greatly at Chelsea but we will cope without him because we have good strikers who can do well along with those who are coming in. We have a perfect team that will do better next season.
You were left out of the Super Eagles by coach Stephen Keshi for the recent World Cup and Nations Cup qualifiers. How did you feel?
I wanted to play those games but since I was not called up, I can’t play. No bad feeling towards the coach. I am sure he will call me in subsequent games.
What can you say about Keshi?
He is a