Super Eagles and Tianjin Teda captain John Obi Mikel as told AOIFootball.com that he still has a long way to go in his playing career and retirement is not an option for him any time soon.
The dynamic midfielder, who echoed this after the Super Eagles’ 1-1 draw in Yaoundé said: “I still have long way to go, I still want to play till God knows when, but for now, I am not thinking of retirement or anything else.”
The former Chelsea defensive shield man further added that, “I am 30 years old now, I feel even younger than ever. I just came out from a very bad injury which had kept me out for 5 months and right now I am just focused on finding my way back into the field of play. Fitness-wise it has been very challenging, hopefully, I will get there soon.”
He also posited that he’s here to help the team and make sure the Super Eagles qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Mikel has been one of the fulcrums in the Super Eagles since his debut in 2006 and has played in four Nations Cups and one World Cup.
The draw in Cameroon means the Super Eagles will have to wait till Match Day 5 when they host the Chipololpolo of Zambia in Uyo to seal their qualification to Russia.