John Mikel explains reasons why he quits Super Eagles

Super Eagles By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 17/10/2019

John Obi Mikel explained the reasons why he decided to retire from Super Eagles on international football shortly after the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

The 32-year-old Trabzonspor midfielder who led Genort Rohr to a third-place finish in Egypt but played his last game for Nigeria in the final group B fixture against Madagascar, where the team lost 2-0 at the tournament.

Mikel who playing his since the first season in Şenol Güneş Stadium told the Trabzonspor’s official magazine, that the current Super Eagles are hungry and determined to make the nation proud.

"We currently have very talented young players. They’re all bright. I think these players can handle the challenges. I had to make room for them, besides; I don’t have many years for football in front of me. I want to focus on my team in the remaining period, “he said.

"I served the national team for 13 years, most of them as captain. In this period, we achieved significant successes as a team,” he added.

Mikel made 89 appearances for Super Eagles, scoring six goals for the senior national team but the midfielder featured in five Africa Cup of Nations and two FIFA World cups plus 2016 Olympic Bronze medalist.