Former Super Eagles captain, Austin JJ Okocha has said that Nigeria will still need the service of Middlesbrough midfielder and former Chelsea player, John Obi Mikel.

Okocha who analysed the last AFCON qualifier between Super Eagles and Seychelles in Asaba on Friday bemoaned the style of the three-time African Champions.

Okocha said that the super eagles looked ordinary without Mikel who had always held the midfield. Okocha noted that Mikel had proven to be a great players, having competed with the likes of Lukas Modric and Lionel Messi at the world.

Okocha stated that Mikel stood his ground and showed the stuff he was made during the world cup and would be needed so much in the eagles team before the African Cup of Nation, which begins June this year.