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Former Super Eagles Forward Osaze Odemwingie retires from football

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Former Super Eagles striker Osaze Odemwingie has announced his retirement from football at UEFA’s Equal Game conference at Wembley on Wednesday.

The 37-year-old Uzbekistan-Russian born played for Nigeria more than 60 times, scoring at the 2014 World Cup, and scored 36 goals in 129 Premier League appearances between 2010 and 2016.

Odemwingie was a subject of controversy in the Premier League, suffering a Deadline Day transfer debacle in January 2013.

Believing he was moving to QPR from West Brom, the striker drove to Loftus Road, only to be refused entry into the stadium after both clubs failed to agree on a fee.

On his retirement, Odemwingie was quoted as saying by Sky Sports, “It’s an emotional day, so many memories go through your head.

“I didn’t know how to do it or where to do it, but I think this is the right place to do it.

“Wembley is a place with a lot of history in football.”

Odemwingie, whose last professional appearances came for Indonesian side, Madura United in 2017, said he intends to embark on a coaching career.

“The next chapter is slowly building up to a coaching career and hopefully I will be coaching in the Premier League one day,” he said.