|Tuesday, October 11, 2022|
" Hard work is no guarantee for success, but it's usually the absolute minimum needed for success" Cyril C. Nwokeji
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" The destiny of one's life is entirely of God's." Cyril C. Nwokeji
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"Be mindful of the choices you make for they are like threads with which the untiring Loom of life weaves our carpet of fate." Anonymous
"Whatever one does in life, whether good or bad, has it's concomitant measure of consequences." Cyril C. Nwokeji
he curtain has finally fallen on the checquered , cherished , enviable, admired and admirable career of John Mikel Obi! He no doubt had a very beautiful and successful soccer career, that spanned two decades.
At national team level, he was one of those few players that represented Nigeria at all levels of men's soccer competition : Under - 17, Under-20, Under-23 and the Senior national team, the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
At all these levels, he excelled not only in terms of his individual performance, but in terms of his contributions to the overall group's performance.
At the Under-17 level, an unfortunate toss of the coin, prevented further progression at the Under-17 World cup in Finland.
At the Under-20 level, he was in the team that won the "African Under-20 tournament", in Republic of Benin. He was also part of the team that represented African at the "2005 Under-20 World cup tournament ", in the Netherlands. At that tournament, he won the prize of "the second best player of the tournament ", behind Lionel Messi! And helped the Nigerian team to a coveted second-placed finishing, behind Lionel Messi's Argentina!
At the Under-23 tournament, at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic games, in Brazil, he helped the Nigerian team, under his leadership, to a coveted third-placed finishing! And received kudos from the Nigerian coach: Samson Siasia, for the fantastic leadership role he played, on and off the field, in making the team go that far in the tournament.
At the senior national team level, he was a much bigger hit!:
He helped the team win a bronze medal, in his debut tournament at the " 2006 African Nations' cup tournament", in Egypt;
He helped the team win the bronze medal at the " 2010 African Nations' cup tournament", in Angola;
He helped the team qualify for the " 2010 FIFA World cup tournament", in South-Africa; unfortunately, inury prevented him from participation at the tournament;
He helped the Super Eagles qualify for the "2013 Nations' cup tournament", in South-Africa, and further helped the team win the tournament!;
He helped the Super Eagles win the "Catalonia Challenge," in 2013;
He played for the Super Eagles at the " 2013 Inter-continental championship ," in Sao Paulo, Brazil : a tournament for the champions of the different continents of the world;
He helped the Super Eagles win the 'Nelson Mandela challenge," in 2013;
He helped the Super Eagles qualify for the "2014 World cup tournament," in Brazil; and further helped the team get to their best-placed finishing thus far in a World cup tournament : the second round!;
He also participated with the team, in what turned out to be his last outing at the international level: " the 2019 African Nations'cup tournament", in Egypt, where he helped the team clinch a bronze medal.
At club level, he was very successful, and played soccer competition in Nigeria, Finland, England, China and Turkey.
He had the most successful club career at Chelsea FC of England. He helped them win all kinds of domestic trophies and the prestigious and much-coveted, UEFA and the Champions' league trophies!
In conclusion, after a very successful club and country soccer careeer, John Mikel Obi, has decided to retire from active soccer- playing career and move on with his life.
One wishes him huge success in his further life's endeavours. One hopes the Nigerian soccer authorities, like is the vogue in most nations of the world, will tap copiously from his wealth of experience , good will and patriotism, to move Nigeria's soccer to higher and more enviable heights.
UP JOHN MIKEL OBI ! UP NIGERIA !!!!!!!