Mikel Obi Retires From National Team Football At 32

Posted on July 18 2019 , at 04:28 pm
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John Mikel Obi has decided to hang his boot from the national team.

John Mikel Obi has officially called time on his football playing career with the Super Eagles today, saying it’s time to allow the younger players to take over.

Mikel Obi announced that he has had a fulfilling career after playing for the national team for 15 years, while he expressed his gratitude to have had supported family, fans and friends throughout his playing career. He said: “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. ”

The former Chelsea player added that his “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!,” he added.

John Mikel Obi has been one of Nigeria’s brightest stars since he burst onto the scene at an early age, winning the African Cup of Nations with the Super Eagles in a successful career. He featured briefly as captain of the team at the ongoing 2019 AFCON, where Nigeria secured third place.

He’ll definitely be missed as he hangs his boot. You can extend your well wishes to one of the greatest football players Nigeria has ever produced in the comment section below.

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