Sports Minister Eulogizes Obi Mikel on Retirement

Praises Mikel for dedicating Champions League win to Yekini

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Nigeria’s Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Hon. Sunday Dare has heaped praises on former Super Eagles captain,  John Mikel Obi, as the 2013 AFCON winner calls time on his illustrious career.

Mikel Obi announced his retirement from Football on Tuesday after several trophy-laden years.

The minister particularly appreciated Mikel for dedicating his 2012 UEFA Champions League win with Chelsea to late Rashidi Yekini

“I celebrate with you, Mikel John Obi on your retirement as a professional footballer. Thank you for donning the green and white jersey of our fatherland with pride. For more than a decade, you made Nigerians proud and brought smiles to households,” the minister said.

“Firstly as a player and also as a captain,  your ethic and dedication was exemplary. We will remember you as an integral part of the historic 2013 all-conquering AFCON team with smiles on our faces. That young boy we saw as an Eaglet grew into an unstoppable Eagle years later.”

“On the biggest of stages  abroad, you represented Nigeria as a worthy ambassador with your art. On a tension-filled night in Munich, you dedicated your UEFA Champions League success to our legend, Late Rashidi Yekini. We could not be any prouder of you, John.”

“You have left a formidable track for others to follow and I join millions of Nigerians around the globe to celebrate you.”

Mikel retires as one of Nigeria’s most decorated players with 91 international caps, 1 AFCON title, an Olympic Bronze medal, 3 F.A Cups, 2 EPL trophies, 1 Champions League title, 1 Europa League title, amongst other accolades.


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