John Obi Mikel of Nigeria during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations match between Madagascar and Nigeria at the Alexandria Stadium, Alexandria on the 30 June 2019 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
African football star John Obi Mikel has officially announced his retirement from Nigeria’s senior national football team, Super Eagles In a post he shared on his Instagram page this afternoon, the 33-year-old Trapzonspor midfielder believes it is time for him to retire so the youths can take over.
The statement reads: ‘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 National Team with Super Eagles.
My national career started in 2003 under 17 World Cup and I’m grateful for 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’
Mikel made his debut for the Nigeria senior team on 17 August 2005, when he came on as a second-half substitute in a 1–0 friendly win over Libya.
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