Super Eagles captain, Mikel Obi, has officially announced his retirement from representing the Nigerian national team.
In an Instagram post on Thursday, the 32-year-old said that he was proud to have played his first and last major tournament as a senior player in Egypt.
“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, “ he wrote.
Mikel said that at his age, it was time to let young players take over.
“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!” he added.
The former Chelsea man has been a key member of the Super Eagles since he made his debut appearance against Libya in August 2005.
During his stint in the national team, Mikel played in two Fifa World Cup tournaments and four Africa Cup of Nations, where he won the title in 2013 and a bronze medal in 2019.
Earlier in July, Mikel agreed a deal to join Turkish side, Trabzonspor, on a two-year deal with an option for a further year.
The Turkish Super Lig club announced Mikel’s signing on a permanent deal as a free agent.