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Emmanuel Emenike Retires From Super Eagles

Super Eagles striker, Emmanuel Emenike has retired after just five years.

He becomes the second player after Vincent Enyeama to quit the Super Eagles since Sunday Oliseh became the coach.

Just like Enyeama, Emenike took to social media platform, Instagram to announce his retirement on Monday night.

“No more Eagles career! After five great years, I am happy to announce that I have put full-stop to my national team career for the sake of national peace.

“It’s a pleasure for me to have played for this great country. I never regretted it and I think it’s the best time to end it. Million thanks to all the fans who have been very supportive during the good and bad times.

“I am very proud of my performance, I am proud of my team mates and I am very proud of the nation called ‘Nigeria’. My AFCON gold medal is a sign of great achievement, My AFCON topscorer award speaks a lot about my commitment and dedication to the team. Super Eagles is a camp not a family house, and it shouldn’t be a threat zone for any individual.

“I have done according to our national anthem. All my dreams came true in the national team, I dreamt to win (sic) Nations Cup for Nigeria after 20-years, I dreamt to played (sic) at the World Cup as well as to make a name for myself… In the space of five years, I got them. I’m a winner!

“For every disappointing fans (sic), maybe due to my inability to re-establish my goal scoring instinct for Super Eagles, I will like to say I’m sorry but the ones I had scored counted well for the team.

“As long as Nigeria remains, you and I will always remember the name ‘Emenike’.

Finally, I am happy to make a bow and continue supporting the team every time.”

This comes days after it was reported that Oliseh would drop Emenike for the team’s World Cup qualifier against Swaziland next month.

Oliseh has reportedly lost his faith in Emenike after the striker failed to deliver in four games since he took over from Stephen Keshi.

Emenike was instrumental to Nigeria’s triumph at the 2013 African Cup of Nations; his goals were enough to earn him the tournament’s top scorer award.

However, things have been downhill for the bullish striker since then. He earned a move to Turkish side Fenerbahce but his form and confidence deteriorated.

He scored his last goal for the Super Eagles Vs Ethiopia in October, 2013 in a final 2014 World Cup play-off.

He earned 35 Super Eagles caps and scored 16 goals.


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Arinze Ude

Arinze Ude is a PhD Student at the University of the West of England Bristol, UK, where he's exploring on the mechanisms of donor cell leukaemia. He shares his deep thoughts on his blog and the Naked Convos. He is keen to promote personal development of the Nigerian youth via thought-provoking articles.

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