The Chelsea midfielder spoke of his "huge honour" at being handed the armband by Ahmed Musa, while the CSKA striker becomes vice-captain
The Nigeria international was widely tipped to take over from Vincent Enyeama who quit the national team following fallout with former Super Eagles’ coach Sunday Oliseh, but Ahmed Musa was handed the armband instead.
“I’m no longer the Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi is the Super Eagles captain,” Musa said to ovation from the media.
Mikel made his Nigeria debut 10 years ago described Musa as a “wonderful professional”. “It takes a man to come out to do what he did,” he said.
CSKA’s Musa will now serve as assistant captain with Mikel expected to lead the Super Eagles against Egypt in Friday’s crunch Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.