Osaze Odemwingie announces his retirement from football in an emotional way

Peter Odemwingie

Peter Odemwingie

Former Super Eagles of Nigeria, West Brom and Stoke striker Osaze Odemwingie announced his retirement from football at UEFA's Equal Game conference at Wembley on Wednesday.

Samuel Ikpea, the National Chairman of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club, has praised ex-international, Osaze Odemwingie, as he retires from active football. In 2008, he was named as an overage player as the Dream Team V secured the Silver medal at the Beijing Olympics.

"Odemwingie has paid his dues, I remember his performance at the 2004 African Cup of Nations in Tunisia, where he scored two goals against South Africa", Ikpea added. And while at England, he scored 36 goals in 129 Premier League appearances between 2010 and 2016.

Despite his feud with the late Stephen Keshi, Odemwingie did make it to the 2014 World Cup and he even scored the victor against Bosnia in what was Nigeria's first World Cup win since 1998. He spent six months at Cardiff before joining Stoke City in a player-exchange with Kenwyne Jones in January 2014. From there, Odemwingie made the move that would give him the most notoriety of his career with West Bromwich Albion.

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"I've scored goals at all the top clubs I played and I believe with the help of my teammates I can still do the same here". His form earnt him a move back to Russian Federation with one of their biggest clubs - Lokomotiv Moscow - where he was scoring at roughly the same rate he was in France.

Odemwingie who played for the country more than 60 timesshared his thoughts on his retirement during an interview saying; "It's an emotional day, so many memories go through your head".

"Wembley is a place with a lot of history in football".

Odemwingie also played at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, scoring the victor against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Brazil that ultimately secured the West Africans' passage to the Last 16.

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