Former Nigeria International, Osaze Peter Odemwingie Retires From Football

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Former Nigeria striker Peter Odemwingie admits he 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 has not played professionally since 2017 but had been hopeful of continuing his career.

He helped Nigeria finish third at the Nations Cup in 2004, 2006 and 2010 but missed their triumph in South Africa.

“I think not being part of the Nations Cup-winning squad when I was at my peak is a big regret,” he told BBC Sport.

“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 winger-cum-forward’s last admission referred to his botched transfer to move from West Bromwich Albion to Queens Park Rangers in 2013.

He drove himself to the London-based club late on transfer deadline day and waited in the car park in a bid to force the transfer trough.

His final chapters in English football were at Championship clubs Bristol City and Rotherham – before playing out the final days of his professional career at Indonesian side Madura United in 2017.

Born in Uzbekistan, Odemwingie also played in Belgium, France and Russia before spending seven years in English football including stints with Premier League sides West Bromwich Albion, Cardiff City and Stoke City.

He marked his Nigeria debut with a goal against Kenya in Lagos in 2002, and was widely regarded as one of the most committed and dedicated players to have represented his country.

As well as the three bronze medals from the 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.
BBC Sport

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