Africa Cup of Nations qualification: Five unanswered questions

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Gernot Rohr and John Obi Mikel of Nigeria
Who can replace John Obi Mikel? The Nigeria captain missed the last qualifier, against the Seychelles, and has also sat out the double-header against Libya. Despite featuring for Tianjin TEDA in recent weeks, NFF media officer Toyin Ibitoye explained that a lack of match fitness was behind Mikel’s absence. Without him, Nigeria risk being short of creativity in the heart of the part, particularly considering Gernot Rohr’s intriguing decision to overlook young creative midfielder Kelechi Nwakali. Is it finally time for Alex Iwobi to take on central playmaking responsibilities, or will Nigeria be stymied by the resilient Libyans?
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