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Friday, 14 June 2019

Nigeria's Mikel: AFCON 2019 Could Be My Last

Nigeria's Super Eagles Captain John Mikel Obi has hinted this could he his last AFCON with the national team, MySportDab reports.

Mikel has been a regular fixturein the national team frame since he made his Super Eagles debut back in August 2005 during a friendly match against Libya.

The former Chelsea midfielder has been named in Gernot Rohr’s final 23-man squad for the tournament in Egypt.

When quizzed about his international future, Mikel said that he is uncertain if he will be available for selection for their 2021 edition in Cameroon.

“I do not know but I think it maybe (my last Afcon). I like to go every year and see how I feel,” Mikel told NFF media.

“Obviously the young players are coming, I think before the next one comes around again I will be 34 or so.

“I think this will probably be my last Afcon but I’m not 100 percent sure yet. I have given so much to this nation and at some point, you have to let go. I don’t want to overstay my welcome.

“I will leave when I feel the time is right. Let’s hope we can make it count.

”Mikel was part of the Nigeria team that won the Africa Cup of Nations title six years ago buthe still desires to win more silverware with the Super Eagles.

“I’m always hungry to win if I didn’t want to win then I would not be here. I don’t just want to come in and play the Nations Cup. I have played so many games and there is no point that I’m just coming to play. I’ve come to win,” he added.

“And that’s the same mentality Iwant to put in the younger onesto win. I know for some of them, it is just their first time and they just want to play but they need to have the mentality of going to win.

“That is the mentality that I have and hopefully, I can translate this from my performance on the pitch and outside the pitch when talking to them. Hopefully, we can do great things in Egypt.”


Mikel has enjoyed an illustrious football career with several awards including the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, two Premier League titles and three FA Cups among other trophies.

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