After 20 years, Nigeria League veteran Victor Ezeji finally retires from football

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Former Dolphins and Enyimba star Victor Ezeji has announced his retirement from football after a career that spanned 20 seasons.

The ex-Nigeria international began his career with Sharks in 1996, before moving to Dolphins and then Enyimba where he won the 2003 Caf Champions League.

Following the club’s continental triumph, he left the People’s Elephants to Dolphins spending three seasons in Port Harcourt before moving to Tunisian outfit Club Africain for a season.

He returned to Nigeria with Sharks before having short stints with Sunshine Stars, Heartland and has decided to call it a day in football.

An emotional Ezeji, who addressed the media at the SWAN secretariat, National Stadium Lagos on Wednesday, thanked his former clubs and the media for all the support they showed during his playing days and says he is looking forward to going into insurance for footballers.

“I am ending my career for good, without any form of injury,” said Ezeji “My ligaments are complete but I just have to say goodbye because I won’t be playing forever.

“My appreciation goes to all the club I played for as a player- I won’t forget how Barrister Chris Green discovered me at a very tender age, took me to Sharks for trial where I signed my first contract.

“It has been a good drive for me though with some hills [to climb] but I’m glad I ended well bearing in mind that I played in the Nigerian topflight for 20 years.

“For the media, I will say a big thank you because they made me who I am as a footballer. Whenever I felt I couldn’t go on, they gave me the courage to believe in myself.”

Though not ruling out the possibility of going into coaching, scouting and any other field related to football, Ezeji said his priority now will be to carry on with his business of insuring players in the Nigerian league.

“No law states that I can’t become a coach, scout or an analyst, but my target is to help insure players on the local scene.

“I’m already in talks with players on this and this will help players have something to fall back on when injured or disabled as a result of playing,” he said.

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