Speaking after the team’s 3-0 loss to Spain in its last group game, Mikel stated that the chances created by the team were too numerous but were simply not converted.
“We came out to defeat the Spain and I think we even had a better possession against the world champions, but we simply did not take our chances and they took theirs, so we paid dearly for our mistakes and are now out of the competition,” lashed out a disappointed Mikel.
Mikel also described Spain as a fantastic side but had it been Nigeria strikers were potent enough, it would have been a different result.
The Chelsea star, who played the last two games with a slight fever, promised Nigeria will be back in Brazil next year from where the world will see the best of the reigning African champions.
Meanwhile, the Super Eagles have departed Brazil en route Lagos on Monday.
The team are to stop over in Johannesburg, South Africa, before landing in Lagos.
Some of the foreign-based players will not be part of the returning party as they jetted out to either join their clubs for pre-season training or plan for new bases for the coming season in Europe, which begins in the August.