Former Super Eagles striker, Peter Osaze Odemwingie admits he regrets not being part of his country’s Africa Cup of Nations winning team in 2013 as he formally retires from playing football.

Nigeria’s forward Peter Odemwingie controls the ball during the Group F football match between Nigeria and Bosnia-Hercegovina at the Pantanal Arena in Cuiaba during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 21, 2014. AFP PHOTO

The 37-year-old has not played professionally since 2017 but had been hopeful of continuing his career.

He helped Nigeria finish third at the Nations Cup in 2004, 2006 and 2010 but missed their triumph in South Africa.

“I think not being part of the Nations Cup-winning squad when I was at my peak is a big regret,” he told BBC Sport.

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“I don’t think there is anyone that will say they are without regrets.

“I did everything I could to be a part of that squad but it never happened, but I had an amazing time with my country.

“A lot of interesting things to be proud of at club level that would be too much to talk about.

“There were few mistakes but you learn as you grow and now I am in a good position to advice other young players.”

 

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