Mikel Quits Super Eagles
By Samuel Victor Akpan
Former Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi says he is “grateful” to Nigerians for the “trust, support and love” he has received over the years. Obi made this known in an Instagram post to announce his retirement from the national team.
“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”, said Mikel in the post
The former Super Eagles captain made his debut for the senior national team in 2005 and having served the country for 14 years, he admitted it was time to let the young ones “take over.”
“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,” Mikel said in the post.
Looking back to where it all began, the former Chelsea and Middlesbrough midfielder acknowledged it luckily ended where it all began.
“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.”
Mikel, a part of the Nigerian team that won bronze at the on-going African Cup of Nations has 88 appearances for the Super Eagles scoring six goals.
He was a part of the victorious Nigerian side that won the AFCON title back in 2013 in South Africa and also bronze at the 2016 summer Olympic games in Brazil.
Having made his debut for Nigeria in a 1-0 friendly win over Libya on 17 August 2005 as a substitute, Mikel’s last game for the national team was in a 2-0 defeat to Madagascar at the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt.