Nigeria's Yakubu Aiyegbeni hangs up his boots

Nigeria's Yakubu Aiyegbeni hangs up his boots
Yakubu 'The Yak'

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Nov 23, 2017. 17:00

Ex-Nigeria striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni has announced retirement from football at the age of 35.

The big striker played for a number of clubs in England where he netted 114 goals in 293 appearances between January 2003 and June 2012, with most of them coming in the premier division.

He represented sides such as Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton, Leicester City and Blackburn Rovers before joining Chinese club Guangzhou in 2012.

He made his return to England for short stints with Reading in 2015, then later joined Coventry City.

“I will like to officially announce my retirement from professional football today,” Aiyegbeni said on Wednesday.

The Benin City-born attacker played in 57 matches for the Super Eagles and found the back of the net on 21 occasions.

In English Premier League statistics, Yakubu netted 95 goals more than any other Nigerian and just nine fewer than Cote d'Ivoire legend Didier Drogba who is the top African scorer in the English top flight.



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