Lyn call for Mikel return
By Kent Hedlundh
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Lyn Oslo have called for John Obi Mikel to return to Norway.Lyn Oslo will ask the Norwegian FA to stop John Obi Mikel from playing in the Under-20 World Cup for Nigeria if he does not return to the club beforehand.
The Norwegian side are furious at recent events in the Mikel saga, with particular anger being directed towards his agents.
After looking to have signed for Manchester United, the teenager went AWOL from Lyn training and turned up in London, saying he now wanted to sign for Chelsea.
Lyn believe the role of his agents has caused all the problems, and they want the powerful African back at the club.
Mikel is due to play for Nigeria in the Under-20 World Cup, but Lyn will try to block his participation if he does not show up for training and a Norwegian league game before the tournament, as he is still contracted to the club.
"They are now trying another twist and that is that he (Mikel) shall meet up with the Nigerian U-20 national team preparing for the World Cup, early next week," Lyn director Morgan Andersen told NTB.
"They do not have permission to do that. We have agreed with the Nigerian FA that he shall go there after the Brann match.
"In case he does not return home, we will have to ask the Norwegian FA (NFF) to stop him from playing the U-20 World Cup.
"The NFF are trying to do their job. The agents refusing to let him fulfil his working contract at our club is an entirely different matter."
NFF spokesman Roger Solheim has called for Mikel to return to Norway, saying that it would be better for him to start playing for Lyn again.
"We are worried for him and are hoping for an interim solution where he comes back to Lyn and gets to play football again," Solheim told VG
"We believe that would be the best thing for him. We are unsure of what methods we can use.
"It's actually up to Mikel himself. But we are requesting that Mikel and the people around him consider the option of returning to Norway and Lyn."