Former Nigeria worldwide Yakubu Aiyegbeni announces retirement

Yakubu Aiyegbeni

Former Super Eagles striker, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, has announced his decision to totally retire from playing football at the age of 35.

The Nigerian, who has halted his career four goals short of 100, last featured on the professional stage for then League One side Coventry in February.

The former Portsmouth and Everton forward announced his immediate retirement from playing football on Wednesday.

In nearly a decade in English football, between January 2003 and June 2012, Yakubu scored 114 times in 293 league appearances, mostly in the top flight.

Yakubu scored 95 goals in 252 Premier League games across spells with Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton and Blackburn Rovers, and is the second-highest African goalscorer in England's top flight behind Didier Drogba.

"Firstly, I would like to thank God for the career I have had".

He scored 21 goals in his 57 appearances for the Super Eagles and is now the third highest ever global goalscorer for Nigeria.

The Yak started his professional career in 1997 in Nigeria - playing for Julius Berger but moving Europe to join Israeli club Maccabi Haifa in 1998 - where he spent five seasons. "I feel the time is right for me to now focus on the next chapter in my life." the striker said.

He played with Super Eagles in the Africa Cup of Nations 2002 and 2004 and 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

43 appearances, struggled to get back into his super form when he attempted to bounce back for Coventry city early in the year.



Latest news

Chip Kelly expected to only consider UCLA, Florida
Per Mark Schlabach of ESPN , the head coach is poised to either take the UCLA Bruins or Florida Gators job in the coming days. He has deep knowledge of the Pac-12 and likely would thrive in the wide-open Pac-12 South Division.

WWE Superstar Triple H's Embarrassing Survivor Series Exit
This was a really really good way to kick off WWE Survivor Series 2017 and both The Shield and The New Day brought their A games. After the match, a confused Strowman (seemingly speaking for most viewers) was trying to piece together what happened.

Alabama jail escapee captured by DeKalb Co. PD
Shane Vernon, the "armed and dangerous" Coosa County escapee, is now in custody after he was arrested Tuesday night. He then kidnapped the homeowner and drove with him to Douglasville, Georgia, just west of Atlanta, Franklin said.

New BlackBerry KeyOne Replacement Gets Benchmarked
And will be equipped with a display of 3:2 aspect ratio with the resolution of 1620x1080 pixels. The current Keyone smartphone comes with a Snapdragon 625 processor and features 3GB of RAM.

Charge sheet filed against Dileep in the actor abduction case
Kochi: Charge sheet in February 17 actress attack case against actor Dileep will be submitted today to the Angamaly court . Dileep, Meshtiri Suni, lawyers Pratheesh Chacko and Raju Joseph, and Suni's jailmate Vishnu are charged with conspiracy.

Other news