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Reading's Akpan lauds influence of Chelsea's Mikel after Nigeria debut

Hope Akpan has heaped praise on John Obi Mikel after making a winning debut for Nigeria on Wednesday.

The 23-year old English-born Reading midfielder stepped out for the Super Eagles for the first time in their 3-1 win over Sudan in their 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifier in Abuja and had some complimentary words for new teammate and Chelsea veteran Mikel.

A clearly elated Akpan posted the following on Twitter regarding both the influence of Mikel and his feelings after making his debut for the country of his parents' origin.

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