AFCON 2019: Mikel Obi announces retirement, who can replace Nigeria’s greatest midfielder? Join the conversation

Finally he is gone! Nigeria’s greatest midfielder John Mikel Obi has called time on his international career. After captaining the Super Eagles to a bronze medal at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt. Mikel decided to step down.

Since he burst through the scene at the 2005 FIFA U-20 World Cup in the Netherlands, he has become a regular in the set up which has led to 89 caps. Over the course of the 2019 AFCON Mikel was criticized for his attacking role, however after 15 years with the Super Eagles how has the Nigeria Football Federation been unable to scout and develop another playmaker who can help in transition.
During the course of the 2019 AFCON, it was evident that the Super Eagles were lacking options in midfield, Oghenekaro Etebo, Wilfred Ndidi played all games and at times looked exhausted.
When Mikel was integrated to the national team, it came at a time, Jay Jay Okocha was leaving ever since 2006 there has been deductions from midfield that have till date not been replaced such as Christian Obodo, Wilson Oruma, Yusuf Ayila to name a few.

In the current Super Eagles set up, who can replace Mikel, who can recreate his defensive duties and ball distribution ? Join the conversation

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