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Super Eagles Captain Mikel Obi Retires From International Football 
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Super Eagles Captain Mikel Obi Retires From International Football 

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel has announced his retirement from international football.

Mikel decided to draw the curtain on his international career hours after Nigeria's third-place finish at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

The 32-year-old featured in just two of Nigeria's seven games at the tournament with both appearances coming against Burundi and Madagascar in the group stage.

Since making his debut for the senior national team in 2005 against Libya, the former Chelsea midfielder has managed 87 more caps, scoring six goals.

Mikel represented Nigeria in two Fifa World Cup tournaments and four Africa Cup of Nations, winning the title in 2013 and a bronze medal in 2019.

"Egypt is a country where I’ve started and have finished my national career," he wrote on Instagram.

"In 2006 I played my first official championship for my country. 2019 African Cup of Nations marks my last championship for the national team with Super Eagles.

"My national career started in 2003, under 17 World Cup and I’m grateful to 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.

"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."