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Update: Joel Obi Out For Two Weeks, Set To Miss Derby Against Juventus 

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Joel Obi is set to miss out of  Torino’s match day squad when they face Juventus in the derby on September 23 according to news gathered from the club. 
Torino’s official website has confirmed that the midfielder has suffered a muscular injury to the left thigh biceps, which led to his substitution after 10 minutes against Benevento over the weekend. 

The club also stated on Tuesday afternoon that Obi will be examined in the next ten to fifteen days, and the attacking midfielder is expected to resume training with the squad if he doesn’t suffer a relapse. 

It is confirmed that the Super Eagle will not be available for selection in Sunday’s game versus Sampdoria and the trip to Udinese on September 20.

The former Inter Milan and Parma midfielder, Joel Obi has had a blistering start to the season before the crock. 

He has contributed to three goals from four appearances in all competitions this season. 

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Mikel: Zambia Is In Good Spirit But It’s Time To Wrap It Up

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Super Eagles skipper, Mikel Obi is not getting carried away by Nigeria being tipped the favourites to outclass Zambia. 

The Tianjin Teda midfielder, John Obi Mikel is not underating the Zambians and has dismissed their Underdog Tag. 

Serious Task Ahead

Mikel, knowing what is astake, has however given an insight of what the Super Eagles will do come next week Saturday. 

Having defeated Algeria home and away, Mikel believes the Super Eagles will have to take Zambia seriously. 

Time Up

But he is confident Nigeria will grab the the ticket to the World Cup in Russia with a victory. 

”I must admit that I applaud the resurgence of the Zambians this late in the qualifiers.

Beating Algeria home and away is no mean feat,” Mikel told thenff.com.

”We will take them very serious on 7th October because they clearly have a new spirit. It is time we wrap this up.”

Right Attitude 

In conclusion, the former Chelsea ace heaped praise on his teammates and the technical crew. 

He explained that the Super Eagles’ imminent World Cup qualification is due to the crew’s hardwork and positive approach. 

Mikel added : ”We have all shown professionalism, dedication and determination to be at the pole position in a group tagged ‘Group of Death.’

“Commendations must go to the entire team and the Coach, but we must finish it up in Uyo and secure our ticket right there.”

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Bondo To Decide Nigeria Versus Zambia Affair 

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39-year old Bostwana referee, Joshua Bondo will take charge of proceedings of Nigeria’s match against Zambia. 

Veteran

Bondo who has been an international referee for the past 10 years will take charge of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Uyo next week Saturday.

FIFA has chosen Bondo alongside his countrymen, Oamogetse Godisamang, 40, and Tirelo Mositwane, 30, to rule over the game.  

Godisamang, an international assistant referee since year 2010 will serve as Assistant Referee 1, while Tirelo Mositwane, an international referee since 2013 will serve as Fourth Official. 

Souru Phatsoane from Lesotho will be the Assistant Referee 2 for the October 7 showdown. 

Familiar Face

South Africa’s Mr. Carlos Manuel Neves Henriques will be the Referee Assessor while Sudanese Osama Hassan Ataaelmanan is the match commissioner.

Hassan was also the Match Commissioner for the game between Nigeria and Cameroon in Yaounde on September 4. 

Battle Of Champions 

A win in Uyo will see three –time African champions, Nigeria seal a sixth FIFA World Cup appearance in Russia. 

2012 Africa Cup of Nations winners, Zambia, will face the champions of the 2013, Nigeria, on October 7.

The make-or-break game will Kick –off at 5pm at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo. 

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