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FINALLY: Ex-Super Eagles forward Odemwingie quit football

Super Eagles By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 04/04/2019

Former Super Eagles forward Peter Osaze Odemwingie has confirmed he has retired from football at UEFA’s Equal Game conference at Wembley on Wednesday night.

The 37-year-old who last played for Indonesian side Madura FC in 2017 and capped for 63 times for Nigeria and played in two FIFA World Cup (2010, 2014) and scored 10 goals including the winner against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Brazil that ultimately secured the West Africans' passage to the Last 16. 

Odemwingie was the subject of a peculiar story on Deadline Day in January 2013 told the audience via Goal.com: "It's an emotional day, so many memories go through your head.

"I didn't know how to do it or where to do it, but I think this is the right place to do it. Wembley is a place with a lot of history in football."

The Uzbekistan-born attacker also shed light on his next move in the game: "The next chapter is slowly building up to a coaching career," he continued, "and hopefully I will be coaching in the Premier League one day.”

Odemwingie began his career with NPFL outfit Bendel Insurance before moving to Belgium in 2004 to team up with La Louviere and a successful stints in France and Russia, with Lille and Lokomotiv Moscow respectively, followed, before caught the eye of Premier League suitors.

In 2010, he joined West Bromwich Albion, where he scored 30 goals in 87 top-flight appearances and spell with Cardiff City, Stoke City, Bristol City and Rotherham United before leaving English football for Indonesian side Madura FC in 2017.

Odemwingie made his Super Eagles debut on May 4, 2002, coming on as a substitute in a 3-0 victory over Kenya and he then went on to play in four African Cup of Nations editions (2004, 2006, 2008 and as captain in 2010), and in 2008 was named as an overage player as the Dream Team V secured the silver medal at the Beijing Olympics.

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