The man he replaced, Ahmed Musa voluntarily gave him the captain’s band and announced Mikel’s ascension, at a press conference in Kaduna.
” Mikel is my senior and a big brother. So, Mikel is the Captain, not me,” said Musa.
The Chelsea midfielder spoke of his “huge honour” at being handed the armband by Ahmed Musa, while the CSKA striker becomes vice-captain
“I want to thank Ahmed Musa for being a wonderful professional. It takes a man to come out do what he has done today. I commend him a lot”, said Mikel.
Nigeria is due to meet Egypt on Friday in the city, in a two-leg 2017 African Nations Cup qualifiers.
Egypt leads the group with 6 points, while Nigeria has four points from three matches.