It ends where it Started! Mikel Obi retires from International football

Mikel Obi has called time on his international career 13 years after he first laced his boots for the Super Eagles in 2006.

Mikel who has since gone on to become captain of the team made the announcement with a instagram post on Thursday.


The 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 out!”


Mikel’s first major tournament for Nigeria was at the 2006 AFCON in Egypt, where Nigeria won Bronze and his final one came in Egypt; Nigeria finished with a bronze medal.


However he wasn’t given a last hooray on the team’s final day, in the third place play-off match against Tunisia.


He made just two appearances in the competition and is reportedly sidelined with an injury.


The 32 year-old also recently signed as a free agent to join Trabzonspor.

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