Super Eagles midfielder and captain, Mikel Obi has disclosed that he has quit football in a bid to concentrate on his club football.
In an Instagram post on Thursday, the 32-year-old said that he was proud to have played his first and last major tournament as a senior player in Egypt.
“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, “ he wrote.
Mikel said that at his age, it was time to let young players take over.
“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.
Mikel played two FIFA World Cup and four Africa Cup of Nations, where he won the 2013 AFCON and a bronze medal in 2019.
John Obi Mikel has scored a total of seven goals and appeared in 94 games for the National team since the inception of his National career for Nigeria.