Emmanuel Emenike has shockingly announced his retirement from national team football few weeks after erstwhile captain Vincent Enyeama also called it quit with the Super Eagles.
Just like Enyeama, Emenike also announced his decision to end his five-year stint on the social media via his Instagram page chiboy_ee29
Emenike wrote : No more Eagles career! “After 5 great years, I am happy to announce that I have put full-stop to my National team career for the sake of national peace.” “Its a pleasure for me to have played for this great country. I never regretted it and I think its the best time to end it. Millions thanks to all the fans who have been very supportive during the good and bad times.” “I am very proud of my performance, I am proud of my team mates and I am very proud of the nation called ‘Nigeria’. My AFCON gold medal is a sign of great achievement, My AFCON top scorer award speaks a lot about my commitment and dedication to the team. Super Eagles is a camp not a family house, and it shouldn’t be a threat zone for any individual. I have done according to our national anthem. “All my dreams came true in the national team, I dreamt to win Nations Cup for Nigeria after 20-years, I dreamt to played at the World Cup as well as to make a name for myself… In the space of five years, I got them. I’m a winner! “For every dissapointing fans, maybe due to my inability to re-establish my goal scoring instinct for Super Eagles, I will like to say I’m sorry but the ones I had scored counted well for the team. As long as Nigeria remains, you and I will always remember the name ‘Emenike’. “Finally, I am happy to make a bow and continue supporting the team every time.
Currently playing on loan at Dubai club Al Ain, Emenike debuted for Nigeria at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos during a friendly game against Sierra Leone in 2011.
It is unclear if Emenike’s decision to quit the national team at this time has to do with news making the rounds that Caoch Sunday Oliseh was considering dropping him from next month’s World Cup qualifier against Swaziland after he has gone two years without scoring for the Super Eagles.