Super Eagles captain John Michael Nchekwube Obinna popularly known as John Obi Mikel or Mikel Obi have Officially announced his retirement from Nation duties. Mikel, born 22 April 1987, started his national career at the under 17 World Cup in 2003 where he made three appearances and score a goal. He then progressed to play in the under 20’s where he played seven games and had a goal with two assists to his credit, he also played in the Olympics, featuring in six games and scoring one goal with 4 assists, he then finally made his senior national team debut in a friendly match against the Mediterranean Knights of Libya on August 17, 2005. The 32 years old player has in all made a total of 88 senior team appearance, scoring six goals with 12 assists.
However, the Chelsea Legend is arguably one of the most flamboyant and accomplished players in the history of Nigeria football having won all there is, including a Gold, Silver and a Bronze medal representing Nigeria. Mikel has won international laurels globally which includes; Two Premier League awards, three FA Cup, one Football League Cup, one FA Community Shield, One Champions League, one UEFA Europa League, one FIFA World Championship Silver ball, two African Young Player of the Year, two Chelsea Young Player of the Year, one Olympic Bronze medal, one AFCON Gold medal and currently AFCON Bronze medal
The retirement decision was made know firstly at the Cairo Meridien Hotel abode where the Eagle was Lodged, and in his interaction with media personals after the Super Eagles 1-0 win over Tunisia in the Third-Place Match of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt finishing with the Bronze medal at the AFCON Tournament. Mikel also later took to his Instagram to confirm his retirement Stating reasons for retiring as the need to let the youth take over, for him to focus on his career at his new club at Trabzonspor in the Turkish Super League
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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 am out!
Well, I believe that Mikel Obi still has more to offer to the national team and his retiring at this point in time considering his reasons is rather too early. Feel free to voice your thoughts on the comment box.