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Osaze Odemwingie Announces Retirement From Professional Football

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Former Nigeria international, Peter Osaze Odemwingie, has retired from professional football at the age of 37.

The ex-super eagles striker made the announcement at the UEFA Equal Game conference at Wembley on Wednesday.

“It’s an emotional day, so many memories go through your head, " Odemwingie, who represented Nigeria at two World Cups, told the audience at the event in London.

“I didn’t know how to do it or where to do it, but I think this is the right place to do it. Wembley is a place with a lot of history in football.”

Osaze Odemwingie Announces Retirement From Professional Football

Osaze was left stranded on Deadline Day in January 2013 after he was denied access into QPR's Loftus Road.

The forward, believing he was joining the London club, drove from his base at West Bromwich to the stadium only to be told that the deal didn't go through.

The former Bendel Insurance man played for English sides, West Brom, Stoke City, Cardiff, Bristol, and Rotherham, before moving to Madura United in Indonesia.

Odemwingie, who grew up in Russia, played for Belgian side, La Louvière, for three seasons in the early days of his career before moving to Lille and then Locomotive Moscow.

He featured 63 times for Nigeria, scoring 10 goals between 2002 and 2014.

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