One of the long time Nigerian and captain, John Mikel Obi retires from the national football team. Mikel had earlier announced his retirement via his instagram page in July. He wrote:
      “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”
He further stated that he started his national career in 2003 during the under17 World Cup and that he is grateful for the national team for placing him on the world arena and giving him the opportunity to show his skills. He then stated that 32 is the right age for him to retire from the national team and allow the youth to take over.
Mikel made a total of 88 appearances for Nigeria and he scored six goals and played at five Africa Cup of Nations, two World Cups and one Olympic Games. He was also the champion for the nation in 2013 and also won an Olympic bronze medal with Nigeria in 2016.
Gernot Rohr, the Nigerian coach praised Mikel for his big career with the super eagles and that AFCON 2019 being his last game with Nigeria , he did well also. He further praised him for being an example to the young football players in Nigeria. Gernot finally congratulated Mikel for participating in AFCON 2019 which allows him to finish his career with a bronze medal.
Fans have also expressed their satisfaction on Mikel’s retirement telling him that he has done so well for the past thirteen years. A lot of people have also commended his commitment, dedication and efforts to super eagles. Some praised him for playing for Nigeria and winning even at the time his father was abducted. Many people congratulated him and hailed him for leaving honourably.

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