Mikel says 2019 AFCON may be his last

After years leading the Nigeria national team, Super Eagles, midfielder John Obi Mikel has hinted that the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) May be his last.

Mikel landed a place in coach Gernot Rohr’s final squad for the tournament despite not featuring in any qualifying matches, and having indicated it could be his last, he is hoping give his best shot.


“I do not know but I think it may be (my last Afcon). I like to go every year and see how I feel,” Mikel said

“Obviously the young players are coming, I think before the next one comes around again I will be 34 or so.

“I think this will probably be my last Afcon but I’m not 100 percent sure yet. I have given so much to this nation and at some point, you have to let go. I don’t want to overstay my welcome.

“I will leave when I feel the time is right. Let’s hope we can make it count,” he told Completesports.com


The former Chelsea player was part of the Nigeria team that won AFCON six years ago and still desires to win more with the Super Eagles

“I’m always hungry to win if I didn’t want to win then I would not be here. I don’t just want to come in and play the Nations Cup. I have played so many games and there is no point that I’m just coming to play. I’ve come to win,” he continued.

“That is the mentality that I have and hopefully, I can translate this from my performance on the pitch and outside the pitch when talking to them. Hopefully, we can do great things in Egypt.”

Nigeria will face Burundi in their opening game at the tournament on Saturday 22 June before facing Guinea and Madagascar.