Super Eagles Captain John Mikel Obi has announced that he will retire from national team duties at the end of the ongoing AFCON 2019.
The former Chelsea Midfielder also vowed to make his last Africa Cup of Nations “one to remember” for Nigeria and believes his presence in the squad could be a crucial factor in their bid for success.
The 32 year old midfielder confirmed that the showpiece in Egypt will certainly be his last appearance.
“It’s been an amazing ride for me in the national team, thirteen years, I think it is enough,” Mikel said.
He added that “I have won trophies, I’ve had a lot of amazing time, I think it’s time for these young guys to carry on.
“I’ m mostly here in Egypt to support the young guys and make sure they’re On The right track.
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Nigeria captain, John Obi Mikel would miss the remainder of the country’s campaign at the on-going 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
Mikel strained his knee in the Super Eagles’ 2-0 loss to Madagascar and was replaced by Alex Iwobi in the 59th minute. After several checks by the medical staff, it has confirmed that he will be out of their Round of 16 clash, and the 32-year-old could miss the rest of the championship.
While coach, Gernot Rohr remained vague as to the extent of the injury, it was understood that the problem is not a severe one, but the German will not risk exacerbating the injury.Therefore, the new Trabzonspor signing may not feature again in Egypt.
This setback will come as a blow to the former Chelsea man, who earlier revealed Egypt 2019 could be his last AFCON.
Super Eagles captain, John Obi Mikel, has joined Turkish Super Lig club Trabzonspor.
Mikel Obi has been without a club, since he left Championship club Middlesbrough at the end of the 2018/2019 season.
“A two-year and an additional year agreement was signed with the free captain of the Nigerian national team, John Obi Mikel, to transfer to our club,” Trabzonspor announced in a terse statement.
The former Chelsea midfielder has agreed a two-year deal, that will keep him at the Medical Park Arena until 2021, with an option for a further year.
He now joins compatriots Ogenyi Onazi and Anthony Nwakaeme in Unal Karaman’s squad.
Trabzonspor are in contention for Europa League football next season, after their fourth-place finish in the Turkish Super Lig in the 2018/2019 campaign.
Super Eagles Captain, John Mikel Obi said in a recent interview that he prefers Nigerian female singer, Yemi Alade to Davido.
Mike said this in a recent interview according to The Nation.The International footballer also revealed his preference for Lionel Messi over Cristiano Ronaldo and his love for Chinese food over Nigerian meal, Eba.
“To be honest, I don’t eat eba as much. I think for the last five or six years, I eat more Chinese food than eba, ”he said of his food preference.
Of Ronaldo and Messi, he said:“It is Messi all day. For me, he is from a different planet.I am grateful to have played with him and against him so many times, right from our days at the U-20 level.”
Mikel told the interviewer he preferred Yemi Alade to Davido, and that he“prefers to win the FIFA World Cup trophy to the UEFA Champions League crown, “while stating also that Chelsea is closer to his heart than Arsenal.
The Super Eagles camp opened in Asaba on Sunday as the country begins preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) later this month
Captain John Obi Mikel, Samuel Chukwueze and 16 other players have arrived in Nigeria’s training camp for the 2019 Afcon.
The Super Eagles are set to make their 18th appearance in the continental tournament with the aim of winning a fourth title.
Before travelling to Egypt where they will take on Burundi, Madagascar and Guinea in Group B, the three-time African champions have lined up two friendly matches.
Gernot Rohr’s side play against Afcon-bound Zimbabwe on June 8 before wrapping up their preparation with a game against Senegal on June 16.