Egypt is where I started, Egypt is where I end it – Mikel Obi pens down emotional retirement note to Nigerians

John Mikel Obi has penned down an emotional letter to Nigerians as he brings his National team duties to an end.

The captain of the Super Eagles has called it a quit after 15 years of service to the country.


The legendary Nigeria midfielder in the retirement note recounted how he played his first major tournament for Nigeria in Egypt 2006 and how he’s chosen to end it in the same country competing in the same tournament, African Cup.

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During his time with the Super Eagles of Nigeria, John Obi Mikel captained the team to win one AFCON trophy, South Africa 2013.


He also helped Nigeria to qualify to three successive FIFA World Cup, 2010,2014 and 2018.

Below is the retirement note;

Egypt is a country where I’ve 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.

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

Mikel am out!

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