Nigeria’s midfielder John Obi Mikel attends a press conference at the Alexandria stadium in Alexandria, northern Egypt, on June 21, 2019, on the eve of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) football match between Nigeria and Burundi. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP) (Photo credit should read GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
Super Eagles Captain John Mikel Obi has announced that he will retire from national team duties at the end of the ongoing AFCON 2019.
The former Chelsea Midfielder also vowed to make his last Africa Cup of Nations “one to remember” for Nigeria and believes his presence in the squad could be a crucial factor in their bid for success.
The 32 year old midfielder confirmed that the showpiece in Egypt will certainly be his last appearance.
“It’s been an amazing ride for me in the national team, thirteen years, I think it is enough,” Mikel said.
He added that “I have won trophies, I’ve had a lot of amazing time, I think it’s time for these young guys to carry on.