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Yakubu Aiyegbeni retires from Football

Ex Super Eagles striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni has announced his retirement from football on Wednesday, at the age of 35.

The Yak’ as he is popularly called started off his career at Julius Berger in 1996 before joining Maccabi Haifa after completing his loan move from Gil Vicente.

Aiyegbeni rose to prominence in the 2002–03 season after scoring seven goals in eight European Cup appearances including a hat-trick against Olympiakos and a penalty in the 3–0 win over Manchester United.

Yakubu Aiyegbeni retires from Football

His 21 goals in 57 appearances for the Nigerian national team is the third highest by any Super Eagles player.

Despite his exploits for club and country, the big man is considered as a vilian back home after his 2010 World Cup miss against South Korea.

“I would like to officially announce my retirement from professional football today,” Aiyegbeni told Sky Sports News.

“Firstly, I would like to thank God for the career I have had. I would like to thank the entire Nigerian Football Federation and my Nigerian national team-mates for all the memorable years I had playing for the Super Eagles.

“I would also like to thank all the football clubs I played for. The managers, all club staff, owners, fellow players and my dearest family and friends who immensely supported me throughout my career.

“When I started my career at Julius Berger in Nigeria all those years ago (1997) I could only have dreamt of the success that was to follow years after.

“Also playing in England especially helped me grow as a player and as a person so much that I am now settled here. I feel the time is right for me to now focus on the next chapter in my life.”

Yakubu Aiyegbeni retires from Football

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