Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel has hinted at retirement from international football by saying this AFCON will be his last for the Super Eagles.
The 32-year-old former Chelsea midfielder has made 89 appearances since his debut 13 years ago, was part of the late Stephen Keshi’s AFCON winning squad of 2013 and thinks its time for younger players to take over.
“Thirteen years I think is enough. I’ve won trophies, I’ve had a lot of amazing time. I think it’s time for these young guys to carry on,” he told BBC Sport.
“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.
“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.