Osaze Odemwingie reveals his Super Eagles' regret

Super Eagles By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 05/04/2019

Former Nigeria international Osaze Peter Odemwingie has revealed he has one regrets not being part of his country's Africa Cup of Nations winning team in 2013 as he formally retires from playing football.

The 37-year-old scored 10 goals in 63 appearances for the Super Eagles including featuring in four African Cup of Nation tournaments (2004, 2006, 2008 and as captain in 2010) and two FIFA World Cup (2010, 2014) plus the winner against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Brazil that ultimately secured the West Africans' passage to the Last 16.

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Odemwingie has not been included in the Nigeria team that triumph in South Africa, 2013 after helping his country finishing third in the past three editions of the tournament.

Former Bendel Insurance star told BBC Sport: "I think not being part of the Nations Cup-winning squad when I was at my peak is a big regret.

"I don't think there is anyone that will say they are without regrets.

"I did everything I could to be a part of that squad but it never happened, but I had an amazing time with my country.

"A lot of interesting things to be proud of at club level that would be too much to talk about.

"There were few mistakes but you learn as you grow and now I am in a good position to advice other young players."

The Uzbekistan-born, Odemwingie also played in Belgium, France and Russia before spending seven years in English football including stints with Premier League sides he won three bronze medals from the African Nations Cup he also has a silver from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, as Nigeria lost to an Argentina featuring Lionel Messi and Angel di Maria in the match for gold.