Why Mikel Obi retired from international football

Super Eagles’ Skipper, Mikel Obi has retired from international football stating that it was time to allow youths take over.

32-year-old Obi made the disclosure via his Instagram handle @mikel_john_obi on Thursday, after leading the side to the third place of the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON).

He made his debut at AFCON in the 2006 tournament hosted by Egypt.

“Egypt is a country where I 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,” he wrote on his page.

The 32-year-old began his career in 2003.

“My national career started in 2003 under 17 World Cup and ‘am grateful to the national team for placing me on the world arena and giving me an opportunity to show my skills 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, we’ve done an amazing job by securing a bronze medal at AFCON 2019.

“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 also won a bronze medal in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

‘‘2019 African Cup of Nations marks my last championship for national team with Super Eagles,” he wrote on his page.

The 32-year-old began his career in 2003.

“My national career started in 2003 under 17 World Cup and ‘am grateful to the national team for placing me on the world arena and giving me an opportunity to show my skills 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, we’ve done an amazing job by securing a bronze medal at AFCON 2019.

“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 also won a bronze medal in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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