Chelsea Hero Mikel Obi Set To Quit National Team

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Former Chelsea star and Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi has revealed that the ongoing African Cup of Nations might be his last outing for Nigeria.

The 32-year-old who spent 10 years as a Chelsea player has been with the Nigeria national team since 2005, and he has been an important player for his country over the years.

Mikel has won a total of 89 caps for Nigeria, playing for the Super Eagles in the past two World Cups and played a key role as Nigeria won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

He also helped Nigeria finish third at the 2006 and 2010 Nations Cups.

“Thirteen years I think is enough. I’ve won trophies, I’ve had a lot of amazing time. I think it’s time for these young guys to carry on,” Mikel Obi told BBC Sport.

“I’m mostly here in Egypt to support the young guys and make sure they’re on the right track. I think my presence is always important for them, hopefully I can finish with the trophy

“If we are able to win it here, I’ll be proud and they’ll be proud, then they can carry on from here.”

Mikel is currently out injured and missed Nigeria’s second round tie against Cameroon, with the Super Eagles beating their bitter West African rivals.

Mikel has revealed that he’s there to help the team with his experience and hopefully they can go on to win the competition.

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“If I’m fit, I’d love to play in the quarterfinal, but no need to rush,” he added.

“Hopefully if we can make it to the semi-finals I’ll probably be ready then and help the team if I’m needed.”

“Obviously winning the Nations Cup in South Africa was the high point, that’s why I want to help this young team to hopefully achieve their dreams,” Mikel revealed.

“If we are able to win it here, I’ll be proud and they’ll be proud, then they can carry on from here.”

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