Fifteen years and more than 80 caps later, Nigeria’s most famous footballer in recent years John Obi Mikel has made the decision to retire from international football at the age of 32.
Mikel made the decision after Nigeria clinched 3rd place at this year’s AFCON finals in Egypt, the very same country he made his senior debut for the Super Eagles at the 2006 Nations Cup.
He made the announcement on social media going on to thank the team’s fans for the support throughout the years.
Mikel leaves having played at four Nations Cups, winning the 2013 edition as well as two FIFA World Cups and scoring six goals.
“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. Mikel said on Instagram. “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.”