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Mikel, Ighalo quit international football

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Super Eagles captain, John Obi Mikel has called it quits with his international football career.

Mikel made the announcement on his official Instagram handle on Thursday, a day after the Eagles won the third-place match at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

The 32-year-old said he started his career in Egypt in 2003, and is hanging his boot at the same location in 2019.

“Egypt is a country where I’ve started and have finished my national career,” Mikel said.

“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 area and giving me an opportunity to show my skill and have an incredible national and international career.

Also, Nigerian forward, Odion Ighalo, has announced his retirement following the Super Eagle’s third placed victory over Tunisia on night at Egypt 2019.


Odion, who is the highest goal scorer in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, informed coach Gernot Rohr of his decision before leaving to join his club in China immediately after the game.


“He had discussed his decision with the coach before the third-place match, saying that the constant abuse was taking a toll on his young family but he was advised to keep it under wraps for the moment. After the game, he gave his jersey as a souvenir to the coach, said his goodbyes and left,” a source stated.


Prior to the game, the 30-year-old posted a message on his WhatsApp status update that simply said “Final Game”.

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