Mikel says winning the AFCON 2013 title is the second most best moment of his career after the Champions League.
Super Eagles captain Mikel John Obi has revealed that he rates his Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) title more than any of his Premier League trophies he won with Chelsea.
Mikel played in all six games in South Africa 2013 where Nigeria won their third AFCON title.
At Chelsea where he spent 10 years before leaving in January 2017, the midfielder won 11 trophies including two Premier League titles and a Champions League.
But for Mikel, winning the AFCON was the second best moment of his career after the Champions League.
At an event to relaunch his Mikel Obi Foundation, Pulse Sports journalist asked Mikel where he puts his AFCON title among his numerous trophies and the 31-year-old revealed that it comes only after the Champions League.
“I think for me when I tell people about my trophies that I won, my Champions League and My AFCON are the best two for me,” Mikel said, responding to the question from a Pulse Sports journalist.
“I would take my AFCON more than the Premier League for me. Growing up as a kid, I wanted to always win something for Nigeria and winning that AFCON is the second best moment of my career.”
Mikel spent 10 years at Chelsea and won a total of 11 titles including two Premier League titles and a Champions League before he left in January 2017.
Mikel also added that he does not know the exact number of trophies he has won in his career.
“I don’t have a World Cup, but I don’t count, to be honest. Now my little girls tend to count them. I am very happy to have achieved so much in football and this is what I want to pass onto kids now,” Mikel said.
The AFCON title he won with the Super Eagles in 2013, remains his only trophy with the national team although he did lead Nigeria’s U-23 to a bronze medal of the football event of the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
He has a chance of getting another AFCON title in 2019 when Nigeria compete in Cameroon.
“I think I will be there and I hope we will be successful again,” Mikel said.
“We’ve got a very good team, a very young team and the energy in the team and the spirit in the team will get us to where we want to be in the Nations Cup. I hope we go there to win and play well as well.”
The Super Eagles of Nigeria sealed qualification to AFCON 2019 with a 1-1 draw against South Africa a fortnight ago.