Super Eagles midfielder John Obi Mikel is looking forward to captaining the three-time African champions to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Mikel will be making his second World Cup appearance, but will wear the armband for the first time at the biggest football show on the globe, in Russia, from the first game against Croatia on June 16.

Mikel can't wait to lead the Super Eagles at the World Cup, but his immediate attention is on his club Tianjin Teda’s Chinese Super League tie against Hebei CFFC on Saturday.

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“It is a daunting challenge and I’m looking forward to both teams (Tianjin TEDA and Nigeria) doing well, but now I’m totally focused with Tianjin TEDA,” Mikel told

“I am looking forward to Tianjin TEDA achieving good results in the Super League and I also hope that Nigeria can go farther and better in the World Cup.

“The Super League is much more difficult than I thought, but since I came to play in the Super League, they have such a strength as foreign teams as well.”

Nigeria will be hoping to better their second round limit and aim to reach the quarterfinal for the first time in Russia.

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