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Mikel Out! Long-serving midfielder retires from the Super Eagles after 16 years in national colours

July 20, 2019 0 By $LIMCYPHER

Mikel Obi has called time on his international career after 16 years in national colours and 14 with the Super Eagles

Mikel Obi has called time on his international career (CAF)

Long-serving Nigerian midfielder Mikel John Obi has called time on his career in the Super Eagles after a 16-year national spell.

Super Eagles celebrate Afcon Bronze medal win

Mikel who made his debut for the Super Eagles in 2006 announced his decision to retire on his Instagram just a day after the Super Eagles won the bronze medal of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

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,” Mikel wrote in an Instagram post.

His retirement brings to an end his duties with Nigeria, his country that he has represented since 2003.

Mikel first appeared in national colours in 2003 when he represented Nigeria at the 2003 FIFA U17 World Cup in Finland. He went on to play for the Flying Eagles at the 2005 FIFA U20 World Cup where he led Nigeria to the final and finished as the second-best player of the tournament behind Lionel Messi.