Barely 2 weeks after Goalie Vincent Enyeama dramatically announced his retirement from the Nigerian Super Eagles after falling out with Coach Sunday Oliseh, the team’s striker Emmanual Emenike has also announced that he’ll be quitting the team after just 5 years.
This will come as a huge surprise to many, as he’s still very young, and until now there wasn’t any reports of rift between him and the Coach.
He made the announcement via his instagram page with the following statement:
“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 5 years for the Super Eagles, and in that period scored 16 goals in 35 appearances.