EMENIKE, WHY RETIRE NOW?
Retirement affects every human being in every walk of life and it is what we usually look towards either with dread or relish. Dread, if age is setting in but the future remains bleak or uncertain with no adequate financial plan to fall back on; and relish if the individual has ‘achieved’ his/her set goals during his active years and is certain of financial independence at retirement. Some retire early while some retire so late in life. Some are forced into retirement for one reason or the other. In essence, retirement can be a fulfilling experience or a nightmare as the case might be.
It therefore came as a surprise to many Nigerian football fans when Super Eagles striker, Emmanuel Emenike took to Instagram to announce his retirement from the national team on Tuesday. At 28-years of age, I believe the Al Ain of UAE striker still has more years to play active football for club and country barring any career threatening injury. So what must have induced what I will term Emenike’s forced retirement?
Media reports suggest partly that the player got wind of plans to axe from the Eagles on account of his recent goals drought which has extended to 2 years in the national team and that coach Sunday Oliseh is not too pleased that the power-playing forward is not playing topflight football in Europe. Oliseh himself did expressed shock and suprise at Emenike’s decision and has denied rumoured plans to drop the player from his team adding that the player indeed remain in his plans. It remains to be seen if the player will be persuaded to rescind his decision.
I suspect Emmenike is simply taking a cue from the Vincent Enyeama episode by trying to bow out of the team with his head held high rather than be ridiculed and dropped from the team on account of poor form. If Oliseh can dethrone a ‘performing’ Enyeama as Eagles captain despite the Lille of France goalkeeper being the first choice for club and country, how can Emenike feel safe knowing he hasn’t scored a goal for the Eagles in 2 years and is currently playing in an obscure league in the United Arab Emirates?
Having started his international career in 2011 scoring 16 goals in 35 games, is Emenike right to call it quits with international football at this stage of his career? Over to you, dear readers.
ADIEU, SIR ODUAMADI
Super Eagles forward, Nnamdi Oduamadi committed the remains of his father, late Sir Vincent Oduamadi to mother earth recently and I am using this medium to commiserate with the AC Milan player.
Sir Oduamadi died on September 30 and has been buried in Umunkwo Eziumuenyi Village in Isiala Mbano, Imo State. He is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren.
Take heart, ‘Robinho’. May God grant you and the entire Oduamadi family the fortitude to bear the loss.
Adieu Sir Oduamadi, rest in the bossom of the Lord.