Former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel calls time on worldwide profession with Nigeria after Africa Cup of Nations

Abuja: Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel on Thursday referred to as time on his worldwide soccer profession after serving to the Super Eagles to 3rd place on the Africa Cup of Nations.

File picture of John Obi Mikel. Reuters

“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,” the previous Chelsea midfielder introduced on social media.

“Egypt is a rustic the place I’ve began and have completed my nationwide profession. In 2006 I performed my first official championship for my nation.

“The 2019 African Cup of Nations marks my last championship for national team with Super Eagles.”

Mikel gained 89 caps and scored six objectives between 2005 and 2019 for the Super Eagles throughout which he gained a winners’ medal on the 2013 Africa Cup in South Africa.

He additionally led Nigeria to win a bronze medal on the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil as one of many over-aged gamers.

He was absent within the qualifying event for this yr’s Africa Cup in Egypt quickly after the 2018 World Cup, however returned for the event correct, the place he featured in two matches earlier than he was sidelined by a knee harm.

He signed for Turkish membership Trabzonspor as a free agent after he didn’t win promotion to the Premier League with English Championship outfit Middlesbrough in the course of the previous season.

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