Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Former Super Eagles striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni retires from football

Former Super Eagles striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni has announced his retirement from football, calling time on a career that spanned 20 years.

Yakubu who played for the likes of Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton, Reading, Coventry and Blackburn announced his retirement on Wednesday, November 22, his 35th birthday.

He had 57 caps for the Super Eagles of Nigeria from which he scored 21 goals making him the third highest goalscorer for Nigeria.

"I would like to officially announce my retirement from professional football today,” Aiyegbeni told Sky Sports.

"Firstly, I would like to thank God for the career I have had. I would like to thank the entire Nigerian Football Federation and my Nigerian national team-mates for all the memorable years I had playing for the Super Eagles.

"I would also like to thank all the football clubs I played for. The managers, all club staff, owners, fellow players and my dearest family and friends who immensely supported me throughout my career.

"When I started my career at Julius Berger in Nigeria all those years ago (1997) I could only have dreamt of the success that was to follow years after.

"Also playing in England especially helped me grow as a player and as a person so much that I am now settled here. I feel the time is right for me to now focus on the next chapter in my life."

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