Super Eagles forward, Emmanuel Emenike, took to Instagram some hours ago to announce that he is quitting the national team.
The 28 year old who has been playing for the country for just 5 years, announced the end of his international career without stating any reason.
In the Instagram message he posted, he looked back on his victories, including the Africa Cup of Nations Top goalscorer award he won in 2013, when Nigeria took the AFCON Cup. He said he has never regretted playing for the country and apologized for not being the goalscorer he was well known for.
Emenike: No more Eagles career! "After 5 great years, I am happy to announce that I have put full-stop to my Nationa 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 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 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 everytime. Up Eagles, God Bless Nigeria!
Emenike currently plays for Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates, on a loan from his Turkish club, Fenerbahce.
Though his announcement contained no direct hint of animosity, fans are wondering if his exit is influenced by Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh. Former Eagles Captain and goalkeeper, who quit the Super Eagles team 3 weeks ago, also announced his exit on Instagram after a major disagreement with the coach.
Emmanuel Emenike has at least 4 Club titles from his stint at Karabükspor, Spartak Moscow, and Fenerbahçe; and one national title from the Super Eagles win at the African Cup Of Nations in 2013.