Mikel Obi Announces His Retirement From Super Eagles
Nigerian and former Chelsea and Lyon Midfielder, Mikel Obi has drawn the curtain on his illustrious international career with the Nigeria national team, Super Eagles.
Mikel Obi,32, officially announced his retirement from the national team, Super Eagles in a post he shared on his Instagram page.
His post 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.
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 Obi who currently plays for Trabzonspor has played close to 100 games for his country since making his senior national team debut on 17 August 2005, when he came on as a second-half substitute in a 1–0 friendly win over Libya.
Nigeria lost to Algeria in the semi-finals of the yet to end AFCON before defeating Tunisia in Wednesday’s third/fourth-place play-off. Nigeria will be expected to start their preparation in earnest for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.