Super Eagles midfielder John Mikel Obi has called an end to his illustrious national team career after winning a second bronze medal with a one nil victory over the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia last night.
Arguably one of the most decorated Nigerian player, the Plateau State born midfield enforcer announced his decision to hang up his boots via his social media platforms. The statement read
“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. Mikel said on Instagram.
“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 .” he concluded.
Mikel is fondly remembered as one of the best exports from the talented and famous 2005 Under-20 team that made the country proud in the then World Youth Championship in faraway Netherlands where he emerged with the Silver Ball as the second best player of the tournament behind Lionel Messi of Argentina.
The former Chelsea man who was typically goal shy, has more than 90 caps under his belt coupled with a Nation’s cup winners medal in 2013 and an array of club trophies ranging from the UEFA Champions League, Europa League, English Premier League and many others.