Mikel Obi surpasses Kanu Record for Nigeria

Nigeria,s John Obi Mikel during the 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations Final soccer match, Nigeria VS Burkina Faso at Soccer city stadium, South Africa on February 10 2013. Photo by Christian Liewig/Corbis.Corbis.com (Photo by liewig christian/Corbis via Getty Images)

Mikel Obi passed Kanu Nwankwo in the number of international caps with the Super Eagles, climbing to third in the list after playing one game more than the latter.

On Saturday, Mikel made his 87th cap for Nigeria in the friendly against Zimbabwe at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba.

He returned as captain of the team after a leave of absence since Nigeria’s world cup campaign in Russia. Mikel missed 7 matches  since then including all the 2019 AFCON qualifiers and a high profile friendly against Egypt.


Had he made himself available for selection, the 32 year-old midfielder would have seen his caps reach 94; just 7 short of the all-time record jointly held by Vincent Enyeama and Joseph Yobo.


Along side Mikel, Ahmed Musa (81) and Elderson Echiejile (62) are the only active players in the top 10 most capped Nigerian players.


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