Former Super Eagles forward, Osaze Odemwingie, has announced his retirement from football.
The 37-year-old was capped for Nigeria more than 60 times, scoring at the 2014 World Cup.
Odemwingie also scored 36 goals in 129 Premier League appearances between 2010 and 2016.
Making the announcement on Instagram, he wrote;
“Never an easy decision for any player but yesterday I announced my retirement from the beautiful game ⚽️. What a pleasant journey that was ! With all my heart I want to thank my family, friends, all my coaches, teammates, the staff of all football clubs I played for, referees, all football Associations, my colleagues from all over the world, the press ( not all of them though) but lots of great people and professionals amongst them who play a big role for the good of football and the world in general. This game gave me friends from all over the world and is a strong force that unites people of all races, nations, tribes, religions and faiths. The minimum we owe each other is respect, without which there will be no future for this game. Go and play, support, officiate with only one mindset that the game is for all ! No one deserved life. It’s a free gift. Even animals love a ball 🎾 and they didn’t invent it ! Does anyone has right to say which animal is allowed to play and not be told your neck is too long 🦒? Or you are too slow 🐢? Or too fast 🐆 ? For me- gender, race, tongue, sexual orientation, religion e t c makes no difference because it’s common sense that whoever impressed millions of people and brings joy using their talent brings glory to God almighty ( for some universe, Mother Nature, call it anything so long as you realise you are just a tiny part of this universe and no more significant than any creature existing. Discrimination has no end so zero tolerance to save us all time. For being great is when you can change life’s of those you think you are better without taking credit for it! To whom much is given , much is required ! Simples ! My love to the world and the amazing ⚽️ family. May the party continue 🌍 🏆🏟 ✌🏽 🇳🇬 🇷🇺 🇺🇿 🇧🇪 🇫🇷 🏴 🇮🇩”