Nigerians Stunned As Victor Moses Retires From International Football

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Victor Moses

 

Nigerians football fans on Wednesday expressed surprise as Super Eagles and Chelsea forward, Victor Moses, announced his retirement from international football.

The 27-year-old, who made the announcement via his twitter handle said he made the decision after much thought. He explained that the aim is to focus fully on his club career and his young family.

According to him, the decision is also to allow the next generation of football stars the opportunity to ‘step up and flourish.’

Nigerians, however, took to social media in reaction to this announcement with many expressing surprise at such a decision at the age of 27.

Few others, however, appreciated him for the period he played in the Nigerian jersey saying his decision should be respected and that he remains a hero.

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Other reactions to Moses’ exit from international football were hilarious. they were accompanied by funny memes.

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Victor Moses Retires From International Football

BREAKING: Victor Moses Retires From International Football
Super Eagles forward Victor Moses (file)

 

Super Eagles and Chelsea forward, Victor Moses, has retired from international football.

The 27-year-old announced this on Wednesday via his twitter handle.

“I would like to announce that after much thought, I have made the decision to retire from playing international football,” he said.

“I have experienced some of the best moments of my life wearing the Super Eagles shirt and have memories with me that will last a lifetime. Nothing will ever compete to what it felt like to represent Nigeria on behalf of our country.”

Moses explained that he took the decision to step away at this time, in order to focus fully on his club career and his young family.

He said his retirement was also to allow the next generation of football stars the opportunity to step up and flourish.

He noted that the nation is blessed with many young players, stressing that the best to offer them was to give them the opportunity to show their talents.

(File) Victor Moses poses with the Nation’s Cup in 2013

 

‘’There are so many highlights that stand out for me over the years; from making my debut, to playing in two World Cups and being a part of the team to win the African Nations Cup for the first time for our nation since 1994, being just a few of them,” said Moses.

He said he had informed Eagles coach Gernot Rohr about his retirement and thanked him for the love he had shown to him.

The Chelsea forward also thanked his national teammates, as well as the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for their support over the years.

He appreciated Nigerians who believed in him, saying their support meant the world to him and his family.

“I will always be a proud Nigerian supporting the team. Thank you for the memories and good luck to the team for the future,” he said.

Victor Moses Hands Nigeria Victory Over Poland

Nigeria’s Victor Moses (R) is congratulated by his teammates after scoring the 0-1 during the match against Poland. /JANEK SKARZYNSKI / AFP

 

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have beaten Poland 1-0 in an international friendly played in Wroclaw, Poland.

Chelsea winger Victor Moses scored the only goal via penalty in the 62nd minute after he was brought down by a Polish defender.

The three-time African champions will continue their preparations for the 2018 World Cup with another game against Serbia in London on Tuesday, March 27.

 

Moses Out As Salah, Others Make ‘African Player Of The Year Award’ List

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File photo: Victor Moses

 

Nigeria’s Victor Moses was left out of the CAF African Player of the Year award shortlist on Monday as Mohamed Salah of Egypt and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon were named among the three finalists.

Sadio Mane of Senegal completed the list announced in Ghana for the highest annual Confederation of African Football (CAF) individual honour.

Liverpool sharpshooter Salah is the leading English Premier League scorer this season with 14 goals, having moved from Roma in the off-season.

He also scored crucial goals as Egypt reached the 2018 World Cup in Russia, which will be the first appearance by the Pharaohs at the global showpiece in 28 years.

Borussia Dortmund striker Aubameyang lies second in the Bundesliga scorers charts with 13 goals, two less than Poland and Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski.

Mane, a team-mate of Salah at Liverpool, was the pivotal figure as Senegal reached the World Cup for the first time since 2002.

African Player of the Year title-holder Riyad Mahrez of Algeria and Leicester City was not among the 30-star original shortlist for the award this year.

CAF awards shortlists

African Player of the Year

Mohamed Salah (EGY, Liverpool/ENG), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (GAB, Borussia Dortmund/GER), Sadio Mane (SEN, Liverpool/ENG)

Women’s Player of the Year

Asisat Oshoala (NGR, Dalian Quanjian/CHN), Chrestina Kgatlana (RSA, UWC Ladies), Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene (CMR, CSKA Moscow/RUS)

Youth Player of the Year

Krepin Diatta (SEN, Sarpsborg/NOR), Patson Daka (ZAM, Liefering/AUT), Salam Giddou (MLI, Guidars)

Coach of the Year

Gernot Rohr (NGR), Hector Cuper (EGY), L’Hussein Amoutta (Wydad Casablanca/MAR)

Club of the Year

Al Ahly (EGY), TP Mazembe (COD), Wydad (MAR)

National Team of the Year

Cameroon, Egypt, Nigeria

Women’s National Team of the Year

Ghana U-20, Nigeria U-20, South Africa

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Salah Beats Victor Moses To BBC African Player Of The Year Award

Liverpool’s Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring File Photo; Paul ELLIS / AFP

 

Egypt star Mohamed Salah won the prestigious BBC African Player of the Year award on Monday, rewarded for a 2017 packed with sparkling displays for Liverpool, Roma, and his national team.

The 25-year-old topped a poll that saw a record number of votes cast after firing Egypt to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations and almost single-handedly taking Egypt to their first World Cup finals since 1990, scoring five and setting up their other two goals in qualifying.

Salah, the Premier League’s top scorer with 13 goals, also scored 10 times in all competitions for Serie A club Roma in 2017 before making the move to Merseyside.

“I am very happy to win this award,” Salah told BBC Sport.

“It’s always a special feeling when you win something. I feel like I had a great year, so I’m very happy.”

Salah beat a star-studded cast of rivals to become the third Egyptian to win the award and first since Mohamed Aboutrika picked up the gong in 2008.

Gabon’s Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Guinean Naby Keita — his future Liverpool team-mate currently at RB Leipzig — fellow Reds star Sadio Mane of Senegal and Chelsea’s Nigerian winger Victor Moses lost out to the pacy attacker, nicknamed the “Egyptian Messi”.

“I want to be the best Egyptian ever so I work hard,” added Salah, who helped with 15 goals helped Roma to their best ever points total of 87 as they finished second in Serie A last season.

“I always follow my own way and I want everyone in Egypt to follow my way.”

Salah joins African legends such as Ivorian duo Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure — the latter won it twice — as well as Liberian striker George Weah in winning the award.

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Moses Shortlisted For BBC African Footballer Of The Year Award

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File photo: Victor Moses

Super Eagles forward, Victor Moses has been nominated along with four others for the 2017 BBC African footballer of the year award.

Moses is joined on the list by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon, Guinean midfielder, Naby Keita, Sadio Mane of Senegal, and Egypt’s Mohamed Salah.

 Aubameyang, Keita, Mane, Moses, And Salah Shortlisted

Moses has thrived under Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, becoming a key figure at right wing-back for the Premier League title winners last season.

The BBC will announce the award winner on Monday,  December 11.

I Don’t Choose Games I Play For Nigeria – Moses

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File photo: Victor Moses

Chelsea star, Victor Moses, has dismissed suggestions he picks and chooses the games he plays for Nigeria, insisting he always wants to be fit before appearing for his country.

Moses, 26, made his Nigeria debut in 2012 when he changed his international allegiance after representing England at various age-grade levels.

He has since won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations for Nigeria and featured at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Moses played a key role in the draw and victory in back-to-back matches over Cameroon this month that moved Nigeria closer to qualification for next year’s World Cup in Russia.

But the Chelsea wing-back said he was disappointed by the insinuations that he does not always want to play for his country.

“Yes, everyone says that I select games. I have heard it myself,” he told a Nigerian radio station.

“But it is what it is. I never run away from challenges. I love to play football, why would I run away from playing football? That is what we are meant to do,” he said.

“But people keep saying that I choose games for Nigeria… But I need to clear the air now, that is not true.

“If I have got an injury, I have got an injury. Whenever I want to play for Nigeria, I must be 100 percent, I want to give everything. But if I have got an injury, I don’t want to force myself because I am going to look stupid on the pitch.”

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Moses, Ideye Out Of Eagles’ Squad For South Africa Clash

Moses, Ideye Out Of Eagles' Squad For South Africa ClashChelsea winger Victor Moses has been left out of Nigeria’s squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier match against South Africa.

The 26-year-old was left out of the Super Eagles’ squad along with Brown Ideye and Odion Ighalo.

Topping the list of invited players are Manchester City and Arsenal forwards, Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi.

Others include Henry Onyekuru, Ogenyi Onazi, Ahmed Musa and Akwa United midfielder, Al-Hasan Ibrahim.

The invited players are expected to arrive in Abuja on Friday, June 2 before departing for Uyo on Tuesday, June 6.

The match takes place on Saturday, June 10 at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.

AFCON Qualifier: Moses Left Out Of Eagles Squad For South Africa Clash

victor-mosesVictor Moses has been left out of Nigeria’s squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against South Africa.

The Chelsea player has been dropped along with China-based, Brown Ideye and Odion Ighalo for the June 10, clash at the Goodswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo.

Headlining the list of invited players are Manchester City and Arsenal forwards, Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi.

Others are Gunners target; Henry Onyekuru, Ogenyi Onazi, Ahmed Musa and Akwa United midfielder, Al-Hasan Ibrahim.

Moses Extends Chelsea Contract Until 2021

mosesNigerian forward, Victor Moses, has signed a new four-year contract at Chelsea.

The 26-year-old’s previous deal was due to expire in 2019, but has now extended his stay until 2021.

He has been an important part of the Blues’ success in the ongoing season, having been converted by Antonio Conte into a right wing-back.

Moses has made 72 appearances for the blues, scoring 14 goals.

Chelsea are on course for the Premier League title, sitting at the top of the table with 10 points ahead trailing Tottenham who are on 53 points.

Tottenham End Mighty Chelsea’s Unbeaten Streak

Tottenham End Mighty Chelsea Unbeaten StreakIt was a sad night for Premier League leaders, Chelsea, who were humbled by Tottenham Hotspurs on Wednesday at the White Hart Lane.

Antonio Conte’s men appeared to be fully up to the task, as Eden Hazard got the ball on the left and picked out N’Golo Kante inside with a very neat pass.

Unfortunately, Costa took one touch to place himself on the right spot, only for him to fire a shot well over the crossbar.

After about three minutes later, Gary Cahill was penalised with a yellow card after he duffed a header right at the feet of Christian Eriksen.

The match got more interesting and tougher as Victor Wanyama was also booked for a foul on Hazard.

Spirited Dele Alli finally broke the deadlock when he found an opening between Victor Moses and Cesar Azpilicueta to head to ball past Thibaut Courtois just before the half time whistle.

The striker, who was booked for celebrating with the crowd after a bullet header, headed another goal against the Blues with a brilliant cross from Eriksen who made the first.

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The visitor tried their best to get a consolation goal but the Spurs were determined to make their victory a flawless one.

The match ended 2-0.

Despite the tough challenge, Chelsea are on 49 points with five points ahead of Liverpool while Tottenham are trailing with 42 points.

Chelsea To Hold Contract Talks With Victor Moses

Chelsea To Hold Contract Talks With Victor MosesEnglish Premier League leaders, Chelsea plan to enter contract talks with Super Eagles forward, Victor Moses in the coming weeks after it emerged he has become a transfer target for Barcelona.

Moses’ performances in a new wing-back role have been key to Chelsea’s stunning turnaround in form since switching to a 3-4-3 formation, sparking a seven-game winning run in the EPL.

Victor Moses continued his fine form by scoring the winning goal for Chelsea in the 2-1 victory over Tottenham on Saturday, having previously found the net in wins against Burnley and champions Leicester City.

The result also ended Spurs’ unbeaten run and put the Blues at the top of the league table, a point above Liverpool and Manchester City.

Nigerian winger, Ahmed Musa was a second half substitute for Leicester City as they struggled to a 2-2 draw against Middleborough.