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Yak Quits: Aiyegbeni Announces Retirement From Football At 35

. Yakubu Aiyegbeni

Former Super Eagles striker, Yakubu  ‘The Yak’ Aiyegbeni has announced his retirement from professional football on the occasion of his 35th birthday celebration.

Aiyegbeni had been a free agent after being released by Coventry City earlier this year but after not signing for a new club, the forward has decided to end his playing days.

After first moving to English football in January 2003, Aiyegbeni went on to enjoy a fine career with teams competing in the Premier League and Football League, with 367 appearances being made in all competitions.

The decision to retire has been made by Aiyegbeni on his 35th birthday, 20 years on from when he turned professional with Nigerian side Julius Berger. Aiyegbeni also netted 21 goals from 57 appearances for Nigeria.

Aiyegbeni represented Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton, Leicester City, Blackburn Rovers, Reading and Coventry, with a combined total of 141 goals being scored at those seven clubs.

In the same vein, The world ruling body, FIFA, and the NFF sent their birthday wishes to the soccer hero.“Happy birthday to Yakubu Aiyegbeni (35), Torsten Frings (41), Alemao (56) and Radomir Antic (69),” FIFA wrote on the their handle.

“Happy birthday former @NGSuperEagles striker Yakubu AIyegbeni. The Yak recorded a total number of 21 goals and he is 3rd best all time scorer of the senior national team. Thank you for the memories,” the NFF wrote on its official Twitter handle.

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