Thank You Yak! Fans React To Yakubu Aiyegbeni’s Retirement

Yakubu Aiyegbeni Retires From Football At 35
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Numerous reactions have continued to trail the retirement of former Super Eagles and Coventry City forward, Yakubu Aiyegbeni.

Yakubu, popularly known as ‘The Yak’, declared his retirement from professional football on Wednesday, the same day he clocks 35.

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Football fans have taken to Twitter to celebrate the former Leicester City and Portsmouth player, and to congratulate him on his birthday.

See tweets below;

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Yes, he missed a sitter that could have sent us through, but all great players miss sitters. One thing is clear, Yakubu Aiyegbeni proudly wore the Super Eagles jersey and represented us to the best of his ability. Scored goals for us.Thank you Yak. <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/FareWellTheYak?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#FareWellTheYak</a></p>&mdash; Jerry Omoba IKWUH (@ijebu_garri) <a href=”https://twitter.com/ijebu_garri/status/933323384598953984?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>November 22, 2017</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Happy 35th birthday and happy retirement to former Everton player Yakubu Aiyegbeni! <a href=”https://t.co/27JYLdqwss”>pic.twitter.com/27JYLdqwss</a></p>&mdash; Everton Blue Army (@EvertonBlueArmy) <a href=”https://twitter.com/EvertonBlueArmy/status/933288951057698816?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>November 22, 2017</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Yakubu Aiyegbeni as you retire on your 35th birthday, you will never be forgotten. We love you now despite the fact that we hated you then 😭😪😉<a href=”https://t.co/wpgNU8l5XT”>pic.twitter.com/wpgNU8l5XT</a></p>&mdash; I do the do (@hotmindset) <a href=”https://twitter.com/hotmindset/status/933368930290331648?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>November 22, 2017</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>And his career was over at this point … Happy birthday Yakubu Aiyegbeni, ur World Cup miss wud be hard for us to ever forget <a href=”https://t.co/dCTwVfd7H1″>pic.twitter.com/dCTwVfd7H1</a></p>&mdash; UNCLE MUFASA (@kparaga) <a href=”https://twitter.com/kparaga/status/933255381559648256?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>November 22, 2017</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Yakubu Aiyegbeni has announced his retirement from professional football today, his 35th birthday.<br><br>Happy retirement, Yak!</p>&mdash; Biola Omowanle (@Beeorlicious) <a href=”https://twitter.com/Beeorlicious/status/933301437378985984?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>November 22, 2017</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-cards=”hidden” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Happy 35th birthday to Yakubu Aiyegbeni, as he also retires from football today. <br><br>But can you all forgive him for this great miss against Korea ? <a href=”https://t.co/rdtASuheRy”>pic.twitter.com/rdtASuheRy</a></p>&mdash; Alajede Ibrahim™ (@Baddman20) <a href=”https://twitter.com/Baddman20/status/933344869204004864?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>November 22, 2017</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Yakubu Aiyegbeni once took a penalty three times because the referee cancelled for encroachment and scored all three times….man was one of the best strikers in the EPL</p>&mdash; Imoh Umoren (@ImohUmoren) <a href=”https://twitter.com/ImohUmoren/status/933361879652687873?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>November 22, 2017</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>A birthday gift 🎂🎁🍰 to self….. retirement <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/Pompey?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#Pompey</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/Boro?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#Boro</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/EFC?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#EFC</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/BRFC?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#BRFC</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/LCFC?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#LCFC</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/SkyBlues?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#SkyBlues</a><br><br>Former <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/Nigeria?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#Nigeria</a> international striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni has retired from football at the age of 35. <a href=”https://t.co/VRmsvn5nk3″>https://t.co/VRmsvn5nk3</a> <a href=”https://t.co/2djvvEj0Q5″>pic.twitter.com/2djvvEj0Q5</a></p>&mdash; Oluwashina Okeleji (@oluwashina) <a href=”https://twitter.com/oluwashina/status/933371333949390850?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>November 22, 2017</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>If all you remember about Yakubu Aiyegbeni is that World cup miss against South Korea, you&#39;re a typical Bad Belle. Dude was one of the prolific African Strikers in EPL. Great player</p>&mdash; Remi Gatsby (@Ceorhemz) <a href=”https://twitter.com/Ceorhemz/status/933398057965752321?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>November 22, 2017</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Yakubu Aiyegbeni is the best penalty taker our national team has produced. Happy retirement to him. <a href=”https://twitter.com/IamKingsleyOgar?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@IamKingsleyOgar</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/CPChristianPete?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@CPChristianPete</a></p>&mdash; Bright Chukwu (@achorson22) <a href=”https://twitter.com/achorson22/status/933390526094761985?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>November 22, 2017</a></blockquote>
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Yakubu Aiyegbeni Retires From Football At 35

Yakubu Aiyegbeni Retires From Football At 35
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Former Super Eagles forward Yakubu Aiyegbeni has officially announced his retirement from playing football.

Yakubu, popularly known as ‘The Yak’, declared his retirement from professional football on Wednesday at the age of 35.

He had been a free agent after being released by Coventry City earlier this year and decided to end his playing career having failed to secure a new deal elsewhere.

The former Nigerian striker spent most of his career in England, turning out for Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton, Leicester City, Blackburn Rovers, and Reading.

He scored 21 goals in 57 appearances for the Super Eagles, making him Nigeria’s third all-time top scorer.

Meanwhile, goodwill messages have been pouring in for the 35-year-old who retired from football on his birthday.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has joined numerous fans of the former Portsmouth and Middlesbrough forward to congratulate him on his birthday.

See tweets below;

Coventry City Release Yakubu Aiyegbeni

Yakubu AiyegbeniCoventry City have announced the departure of Nigerian striker, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, by mutual consent.

The 34-year-old joined the English club in February, in a deal that was to last until the end of the season.

He recently returned to England, following a spell in the Turkish Super Lig side, Kayserispor.

The striker played three matches for Coventry City, but later suffered a hamstring injury against Swindon Town.

Aiyegbeni, who also played 57 games for his country and scored 21 goals, was part of Nigeria’s squad for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Aiyegbeni Joins Coventry City On Short Term Deal

Yakubu AiyegbeniFormer Super Eagles forward, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, has joined league one side, Coventry City until the end of the season.

Aiyegbeni, who also has premier league experience with Middlesbrough, Portsmouth, Everton and Blackburn Rovers, has now penned a deal that would see him stay at Coventry until May 2017.

The 34-year-old recently returned to England, following a spell in the Turkish Super Lig side Kayserispor.

However, Coventry are looking to avoid relegation to the fourth tier of the English football.

Keshi releases Eagles list…..drops premier league stars

The Super Eagles will open their 2014 World Cup campaign against Namibia and Malawi, before hosting Rwanda in a 2013 Africa Cup of Nations tie and coach Stephen Keshi has released the list of players to execute these matches.

Premier League stars John Obi Mikel,  Taye Taiwo, Peter Odemwingie and Blackburn Rovers goal-machine Yakubu Aiyegbeni were left out of Stephen Keshi’s squad for next month’s series of qualifiers.

Mikel has yet to play for Nigeria since Keshi took charge in November but the coach remains adamant the Chelsea star is still part of his plans.

“Mikel is in my plans but we will give other players an opportunity as well,” said Keshi on Thursday.

“We should focus on preparation instead of those who didn’t make the squad”

“We need to give players from the local league a chance. After all, how many knew about such players as Uche Kalu, Ejike Uzoenyi or Godfrey Oboabona before now?”

Mikel’s situation is unusual since a midfielder who could start Saturday’s Uefa Champions League final against Bayern Munich in Germany has not made his national squad for World Cup and Nations Cup qualifiers.

“The door is not closed on anyone,” Keshi told BBC Sport.

“We should focus on preparation instead of those who didn’t make the squad.”

Austin Ejide, Fengor Ogude, Efe Ambrose, Elderson Echiejile and John Utaka have all been recalled in a group of 11 overseas-based players, which also features Wigan Athletic forward Victor Moses.

In-form Montpellier winger Utaka is making his first return to the Super Eagles squad since the team’s first-round exit at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

“Utaka, Aluko and Elderson have been in great form for their clubs and we are confident they’ll translate their club form to the national side,” added the captain of Nigeria’s 1982 Nations Cup-winning side.

Nigeria will name another squad of 18 players from the domestic league, who are due to fly out this weekend for a friendly in Peru.

The Super Eagles host Namibia on 3 June in Calabar, before travelling to Malawi the following weekend for another qualifier.

On the weekend of 15-17 June, Nigeria entertain Rwanda as the sides contest the second leg of a first round Nations Cup tie, whose opening tie ended goalless in February.

Keshi was appointed coach of Nigeria after previous incumbent Samson Siasia failed to qualify for the 2012 Nations Cup.

Overseas-based players called up by Nigeria

Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Lille, France), Austin Ejide (Petach Tikva, Israel)

Defenders: Joseph Yobo (Fenerbache, Turkey), Efe Ambrose (Ashdod, Israel), Elderson Echiejile (Sporting Braga, Portugal)

Midfielders: Fengor Ogude (Valrenga, Norway)

Forwards: Ike Uche (Granada, Spain), Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow ,Russia), Sone Aluko (Rangers, Scotland), John Utaka (Montpellier, France), Victor Moses (Wigan Athletic, England)

 

Liverpool to recall young shot stopper from loan

Liverpool will recall youngster  from a loan spell at Hull City to help them cope with a goalkeeping shortage ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup semifinal against Everton.

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish will have to field third-choice Brad Jones in the all-Merseyside clash at Wembley Stadium because both of his senior keepers are suspended.

But he dismissed talk of a crisis following the 3-2 win at Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday. “We don’t have a problem going in with any players, no problem whatsoever,” he told reporters.

Kulacsi, a 21-year-old Hungarian who joined Liverpool five years ago but has never made a first team appearance, has spent time on loan at Hereford United, Tranmere Rovers and Hull.

“Goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi is set to be recalled from his loan spell with the Tigers by parent club Liverpool,” Hull said on their official Twitter feed on Wednesday.

Liverpool’s first choice keeper Spaniard Pepe Reina is suspended after being sent off at Newcastle United in a Premier League game on April 1.

Back-up Alexander Doni, who made his long-awaited debut against Aston Villa on Saturday, is banned after the Brazilian was shown a red card at Blackburn.

Jones, who came on after 26 minutes following Doni’s departure, is a 30-year-old Australian international.

However, until his appearance on Tuesday Jones had only played twice for Liverpool in the League Cup and Europa League since joining from Middlesbrough. The last of those two appearances was in December 2010.

He had a mixed night against Rovers.

Jones saved Ayegbeni Yakubu’s penalty with his first touch but was at fault for conceding another spot kick from which Yakubu equalised. His blushes were spared when Andy Carroll headed home in stoppage time to give Liverpool a 3-2 win.

“It was a great first contribution (from Jones) in the Premier League to save a penalty, I am sure he will remember that,” said Dalglish.

Jones said the penalty save was in memory of his son Luca, who died from leukaemia in November. His girlfriend gave birth to a son Nico Luca a week ago.

 

Eagles land in Rwanda ahead of Yobo’s record

 

FIFA ranks Nigeria low, Zambia high


The Super Eagles of Nigeria landed in Kigali early this morning, following a straight chartered flight from Lagos to the Rwandans capital city.

The team comprising of 11 home based and 11 foreign based players arrived Rwanda ahead of Joseph Yobo’s record caps of playing in the national team.

The team Captain will be setting a Nigerian record for international matches when the national team take to the pitch in Stade Regionale de Nyamirambo on Wednesday.

The 31 year-old defender equalled the Nigerian record of 86 caps, jointly held by late midfielder Mudashiru Lawal and Nwankwo Kanu, when the eagles defeated the newly- crowned  African champions Zambia 2-nil in Kaduna on November 15, 2011.

On Wednesday, the Turkish based defender will become the first Nigerian to get 87 caps where he will be leading the Eagles in the 2013 African cup of nations qualifying match against the Wasps.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has congratulated the Fenerbahce defender, who will also be celebrating his 11 year anniversary of with the senior national team next month.

 

Return of The Yak

Meanwhile, Blackburn Rovers striker and Super Eagles retunee Yakubu Aiyegbeni has said he is determined to do more for Nigeria after putting behind him the miss of the 2010 World cup.

The striker at the 2010 World Cup missed his shot on goal, just five yards off the goal post, shooting off target in a game against South Korea, which Nigeria needed to win to have any chance of advancing to the next round of the Mundial.

Football fans across the country loathed him for the miss and it was not until the arrival of new Eagle’s coach, Stephen Keshi that he earned a recall to the national team following his 13 goals thriller in the English premier league, this season.

The eagles will be counting on-The Yak-as he is fondly called, to get the goals in the game in Rwanda.

The game which might be played under a hot tropical weather, will pose no problem for the striker as he insisted that “as professionals, we must be able to cope with whatever conditions we face and still get the job done.”