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Emenike announces international retirement

20 October 2015, 10:04

Abuja - Nigeria striker Emmanuel Emenike has announced his retirement from international football.

The 28-year old made his debut for the Super Eagles in 2010 under Samson Siasia, and went on to win the Africa Cup of Nations three years later in South Africa, where he also emerged top scorer with four goals.

"No more Eagles career! After 5 great years I am happy to announce that I have put full-stop (sic) to my national (sic) team career for the sake of national peace", he wrote on his instagram page.

The on loan Al-Ain of UAE striker has been in poor form lately, and was on the verge of being ignored for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Swaziland according to several reports, before announcing his decision to quit the team on Monday evening.

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The striker however subtly hinted he may not have retired of his own volition, suggesting he may have been threatened to quit the team.

"Super Eagles is a camp, not a family house and it shouldn't be a threat zone to any individual. I have done according to our national anthem," Emenike wrote further.

It remains unclear what he means by the above statement, but unconfirmed reports suggest he may have been told his time was up with the national team.

This is coming on the heels of Vincent Enyeama's decision to also retire from international football, after falling out with coach Sunday Oliseh.

It now makes two senior Super Eagles players that have announced their international retirement within a space of two weeks, one, due to a clear altercation with the coach, and the other, possibly for the same reason.

- News24


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