Ex Super Eagles striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni has announced his retirement from football.
The former Everton, Middlesbrough, Portsmouth and Blackburn player told Sky Sports News of his decision to retire today, Wednesday, which also happens to be his 35th birthday
Yakubu who, in April, left Coventry city in the English second decision having made just three appearances, told Sky Sports News:
“I would like to officially announce my retirement from professional football today.
“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 my life”
The former Nigerian International made 250 appearances in the English Premier League with a total 96 goals to his name. He also represented Nigeria at four Africa Cup of Nations and one World Cup finals.