MIKEL AND IGHALO CALL TIME ON INTERNATIONAL CAREERS
In the Aftermath of the AFCON 2019 ending, the Super eagles have been hit by 2 high profile Retirements in the form of longstanding captain Mikel Obi and Striker Odion Ighalo. On Wednesday night, the Super Eagles won the third-place playoff at the 2019 AFCON. Just as it was Nigeria’s last match at the tournament, it turns out that outing also marked the end for two of the biggest names on the team: Mikel Obi and Odion Ighalo.
Since Nigeria’s exit from the 2018 World Cup, it has been clear that Obi has had little zeal to continue on the national team afterall after putting 14 years in the green and white Jersey, you start to feel and play Old seeing all the youngsters coming through the ranks. so the announcement from Mikel wasn’t a surprise. In his instagram Post he talked about how good it feels to start and end his international career in Egypt. But mentioned the time was right to call it quits. He leaves with 1 nations cup GOLD MEDAL from our 2013 AFCON win and 1 Bronze medal from RIO olympics.
On the other hand, Ighalo’s decision comes as a huge shock, as he’s been on fire lately — constantly dominating on the pitch and getting goals. Well, we should’ve been expecting it, seeing as by the age of 30 most footballers start questioning if they’re really needed on the national team.
For Ighalo, it may have been more than this question, though, as reports state that he took the decision because “the constant abuse from Nigerian fans was taking a toll on his young family”. As for Mikel, he stated that he thinks it’s time for the “youth to take over”, and we couldn’t agree more. He was a shadow of himself in this Tournament, the 2 games he played he looked miles off the pace. As a striker Ighalo has proven himself, he was on form at this AFCON and finished the Tournament with the Highest Goal Scorer Award. This development calls for serious reflection on the make up of the super eagles going forward. We need a new number 10 and a striker with skill and Good finishing now. The World cup Qualifiers are just around the corner, if the NFF want to keep Gernot Rohr they need to read him the riot act.