Super Eagles Captain, John Mikel Obi Retires From National Team

John Obi Mikel

Super Eagles captain, John Obi Mikel has announced his retirement from international football right after his team won the Bronze medal at the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON).

The midfield maestro due to injuries was limited to play just two games during the group stage, against Burundi and Madagascar at the tournament in Egypt.

During his time as a national team player, Mikel played in two Fifa World Cup tournaments and four Africa Cup of Nations, where he won the title in 2013 and a bronze medal in 2019.

Mikel took to his Instagram page to make the announcement,

He wrote:

“Egypt is a country where I’ve started and have finished my national career,”

“In 2006 I played my first official championship for my country. 2019 African Cup of Nations marks my last championship for the national team with Super Eagles.

“My national career started in 2003, under 17 World Cup and I’m grateful to the national team for placing me on the world arena and giving me an opportunity to show my skill and have an incredible national and international career.

“At the age of 32, it’s time for me to retire from the national team and let the youth take over, who’ve done an amazing job securing a bronze medal at Afcon 2019.

“Thank you to all my Nigerian supporters and to my country for all the trust, support and love you’ve shown me over the past 15 years.”


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