He also identified William Ekong, Leon Balogun, Kenneth Omeruo, Ahmed Musa and Abdullahi Shehu as the five most experienced stars presently in the Super Eagles team.
The seven players are all included in Super Eagles’ final 23-man 2019 Africa Cup of Nations squad in Egypt.
Mikel told Super Eagles media team: ”There are incredibly talented players, I have seen them – Chukwueze, the tall striker Paul Onuachu. You can see there is a lot of energy in the team.
”With the little bit of experience that we have, the likes of Ekong, Balogun, Kenneth Omeruo, Musa, who has been there for a while now, Abdullahi Shehu and me coupled with the youthfulness of the team, it has got a very nice blend to it.”
He added: ”Hopefully it will work, we have to go to Egypt and play well, we have to go to Egypt and fight because it is going to be a fight, it is going to be difficult.
”If we can come out of the group, it is going to be good thing for us, so we can kick on from there. No group is easy, no team is easy. We have to look at it that way, let us don’t undermine any team.”
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