Adepoju Pays Tribute To Retiring Mikel

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Former Super Eagles midfielder, Mutiu Adepoju has described John Obi Mikel as one of the country’s most outstanding players after the national team captain call it quits from international football.

Mikel announced yesterday in Egypt, same place he played his first Africa Cup of Nations tournament, that he was retiring from international football.

“I want to congratulate and commend him for what he has done for the country,” Adepoju told Goal.

“Sometimes when you feel you have done your best and feel it is the right time for you to leave, then you have to leave.

“Overall he has done very well. He has represented the country very well. I wish him all the best.”

Adepoju is confident the present Super Eagles have enough young players who can take over from the midfielder, with the likes of Alex Iwobi, Oghenekaro Etebo, Semi Ajayi in position to fill the void. “I believe we have younger players who can take over from Mikel and continue the good work,” he added.

“Many of them have experiences after playing in the World Cup and coming third in the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

“Experiences are not born with, we gain experiences from the job, so I feel we have players who can continue from where he stopped.”

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'Dotun Akintomide's journalism works intersect business, environment, politics and developmental issues. Among a number of local and international publications, his work has appeared in the New York Times. He's a winner of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Award. Currently, the Online Editor at The New Diplomat, Akintomide has produced reports that uniquely spoke to Nigeria's experience on Climate Change issues. When Akintomide is not writing, volunteering or working on a media project, you can find him seeing beautiful sites like the sandy beaches that bedecked the Lagos coastline.

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