AFCON: Mikel Obi Confirms Tournament Will Be His Last For Nigeria

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The Super Eagles captain, Mikel Obi has made it known that the Africa Cup of Nations will be one to remember for Nigeria as well as his last tournament for his country.

According to Obi, “It’s been an amazing ride for me in the national team,” he told BBC Sport.

“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. Thirteen years I think is enough. I’ve won trophies, I’ve had a lot of amazing time.

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I think it’s time for these young guys to carry on. 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.”

The footballer has won a total of 89 caps for Nigeria. “If I’m fit, I’d love to play in the quarterfinal, but no need to rush. Hopefully, if we can make it to the semi-finals I’ll probably be ready then and help the team if I’m needed.  A finalist with the youth side at the under-20 World Cup in 2005, the former Chelsea player believes he has had a successful run for the West African nation.

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

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