Down and out: Emenike quits Super Eagles after two year goal drought

Before anything, we have two questions to ask: First, why is everyone retiring? Second, why is everyone retiring via Instagram?

While we figure those two questions out, let’s tell you that former Super Eagles striker, Emmanuel Emenike has announced his retirement from the national team. His announcement came on what appears to be the retirement medium of choice for Super Eagles players as just like Vincent Enyeama, Emenike called it quits on Instagram.

His retirement, following Enyeama’s very closely is bound to raise more questions over Sunday Oliseh’s man-management skills especially given the choice of words of Emenike who said he wanted retire for the ‘sake of national peace.’


Here’s the text of his Instagram post.

“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,” he wrote on Instagram.

“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 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 (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 make a bow and continue supporting the team every time.”


He will be warmly remembered for his vital goals in the 2013 African Cup of Nations – as fans told @SoccerNationNg on Twitter.

In total, Emenike scored nine goals for Super Eagles in 37 appearances but the last one came two years ago, in Addis Ababa, against Ethiopia in a World Cup qualifier.


Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @SoccerNationNg