I quit national team for 'peace to reign' - Emmanuel Emenike

Emmanuel Emenike

Emmanuel Emenike

Emmanuel Emenike
Emmanuel Emenike

Al Ain striker, Emmanuel Emenike, has pulled the plug on his time as a member of the Super Eagles, stating that, he did so because he wants peace to reign.

The bulky forward who said he now wants to concentrate on club football scored only nine goals for the national team in 37 appearances.

The 28-year old’s exit from the team comes after that of Vincent Enyeama, goalkeeper and former captain of the team.

Emenike who was top scorer at the 2014 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa joined the Super Eagles in 2011 and had his debut in a friendly against Sierra Leone.

Disclosing his decision to quit on Instagram, he said: “No more Eagles career! After five great years, I am happy to announce that I have put full-stop to my national team career for the sake of national peace.”

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“It’s a pleasure for me to have played for this great country. I never regretted it and I think it’s the best time to end it. Million 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 topscorer 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 (sic) to win Nations Cup for Nigeria after 20-years, I dreamt (sic) 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 disappointing 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 take a bow and continue supporting the team every time,” he concluded.

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