Chelsea winger, Victor Moses shocked the football world last night (Wednesday) when he announced that he is retiring from international football.
The 27-year-old who starred for Nigeria at the just concluded 2018 World Cup, cited focusing fully on his club career and young family, as well as allowing the next generation the opportunity to step up and flourish in the Super Eagles, as reasons for his decision.
Announcing his decision, Moses wrote on his official Instagram page:
“I would like to announce that after much thought I have made the decision to retire from playing international football.
“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.
“However I feel that now is the right time to step away in order to be able to focus fully on club career and my young family as well as to allow the next generation of Super Eagles stars the opportunity to step up and to flourish. We are blessed as a nation to have so many exciting young players coming through and now is their time.
“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 first time for our nation since 1994 being just a few of them.
“I have already spoken to the manager by telephone and would like to say thank you to him and his staff, the NFF and all of my teammates for all of their support over the years. Most importantly I would like to say thank you to the Nigerian people for believing in me and supporting me over the years. It’s meant the world to me and my family and I will always be a proud Nigerian supporting the team.
“Thank you for the memories and good luck to the team for the future .”
Victor Moses played 37 times for the Super Eagles, scoring 12 times since making his debut in 2012. He was also part of the team that won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2013, and represented the nation at two World Cups, in 2014 and 2018.
Several Nigeria Super Eagles fans and football pundits alike have reacted to this news with a mix of shock and goodwill.
Here are some reactions from social media:
“This is a strange decision. Why would @VictorMoses quit the @NGSuperEagles at 27?” @osasuo tweeted.
@ani_nomso, “I can’t even wrap my head around Victor Moses retiring from international football. He is just 27 & Nigerian Football is getting better. Sad to hear but I respect his decision. All the best Moses”.
@biolakazeem,” Strange decision by Victor Moses to retire from international football. There is a lot of excitement & promise around this set of Eagles & they could go on to do great thin. But he has a family now & the opportunity cost of those international breaks is family time. We will miss him.”
@Dmeindous, “@VictorMoses thou I think it is a bit too early to quit the national team as you still have more to offer, I thank you for the memories and the dedication to the National team.”
@Nigerianscamsss, “Victor Moses is 27”.
@rexmorrisson1, “This is unbelievably shocking. The reason behind this early international retirement resides with you boss. Hope you keep meeting with success on your ways. Thanks for the memorable times spent with our dear country…The @NGSuperEagles will miss you”.
@bigbabydam, “Coming as a shock though”.
@AmpliaLaFamilia, “Victor Moses is retiring for Nigeria?”.
@Lurd_Yinka, “Victor Moses sef dey retire. Na wa o”.
@sportingshina, “Victor Moses is one of the greatest @NGSuperEagles players of all time. If you can’t appreciate that, then it’s your loss. All the best @VictorMoses”.
@ClintonSpel, “@VictorMoses has announced his retirement from international football. Shocking news.”
@petphil001, “Waoh! @VictorMoses has just announced his retirement from international football having explored the @FIFAWorldCup 2018 with the @NGSuperEagles! Best of luck in all your endeavours!”.
@bolashayo, “At what age….. Sad mode”.
@biolarul, “Thank you for all your contribution to our dear country some years back, I wish you success ahead”.