Super Eagles striker, Emmanuel Emenike, has announced that he is retiring form the national team after five years.
He wrote on Instagram 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 (sic) to win Nations Cup for Nigeria after 20-years, I dreamt (sic) to played 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, 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.”
Emenike played 35 times for the Super Eagles and scored 16 goals.
Meanwhile, Nigerians in the social media have been reacting to news of his retirement. See the tweets below:
Emmanuel Emenike retires from international football too, just lol
— Evangelist Gannicus (@AOStephenVII) October 19, 2015
Emmanuel Emenike retires from int’l football. One might be tempted to think this rash of Instagram announcements is a marketing ploy. — Solace Chukwu (@TheOddSolace) October 19, 2015
…one Emmanuel Emenike has decided to retire from the Super Eagels via Instagram. He thanks everyone & says it was for peace. Na wa oo! — Emmanuel Etim (@Emiearth) October 19, 2015
Emmanuel Emenike retired from Nigerian duty, his loss. Call up Kelechi Iheanacho and Success Issac. — Sex Fàbregas (@Nigerianscamsss) October 19, 2015
Emmanuel Emenike retires from int’l football on Instagram. Great movement started by Ex- captain Enyeama. Expert more to come. — Kelechi Nkoro (@K1Says) October 19, 2015
My first thoughts on Emmanuel Emenike’s @NGSuperEagles retirement https://t.co/CEfEPRqf7Q — Colin NOT Collins (@ColinUdoh) October 19, 2015
Emmanuel Emenike retires for the sake of “national peace”! pic.twitter.com/52SwRNh9AF — Emmanuel (@emma_dele) October 20, 2015
These players don’t even have love for their country, no passion, nothing. Emmanuel Emenike can go to hell. — IG: QweenFay (@QweenFay) October 20, 2015
Today’s headline should be: Huge relief for Oliseh as Emmanuel Emenike throws in towel; misfiring striker escapes Nigeria axe. #ItWasComing
— Lolade Adewuyi (@Jololade) October 20, 2015
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