Aiyegbeni Retires From Football On 35th Birthday

Aiyegbeni Retires From Football On 35th Birthday

By James Agberebi: Former Super Eagles striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni has announced his retirement from professional football.

According to different media outfits, Aiyegbeni confirmed his retirement on his 35th birthday on Wednesday.

Aiyegbeni played for Everton, Blackburn Rovers, Leicester City (loan) and Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Reading and Coventry City during his time in England

He also featured for Kayserispor and Guagzhou R and F in Turkey and China respectively.

At international level, Aiyegbeni made his full Super Eagles debut on 22 April 2000 in a 4-0 win in Lagos against Eritrea in qualification for the Mali 2002 African Cup of Nations.

He represented Nigeria at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games football event where the U-23 Eagles got to the quarter-finals and lost 4-1 to Chile.

Also, he was at the Mali 2002, Tunisia 2004, Ghana 2008 and Angola 2010 Africa Cup of Nations. He was sent home at the 2004 AFCON alongside Victor Agali and Celestine Babayaro for indiscipline.

His last major tournament for Nigeria was at the South Africa 2010 World Cup where he scored one goal in a 2-2 draw in a group game against South Korea and had one of the worst misses in World Cup history.

He scored 21 goals in his 57 appearances for the Super Eagles and is currently the third highest ever international goalscorer for Nigeria.


  • He should have a while ago. The way he was sacked from the championship was sad. He couldn’t run anymore and kept strolling.

  • who be 35? That guy is almost 50

  • Not forgetting Maccabi Haifa Israel.

  • god bless u my legend

  • yakubu aiyegbeni, he loose empty net against south korea in 2010 fifa world cup in south africa,

  • Weldone my boy God bless u

  • The Yak. good memories of goals in the premiership.

  • Yakubus miss wasn’t the worst ever by a player. His premiership record on goals scored is amazing. Only what we remember was his miss. As if we are the best in what we do. Yakubu God bless you

  • Please learn how to appreciate people, nobody is perfect. Nobody has immunity to errors and mistakes. Remember his good days on the pitch.

  • This yeye player, ooh I can see

  • Greatest miss in world cup. Nigeria vs South Korea despite the he still went ahead to convert a penalty that made it 2 all

  • He also played in Israel where he single handedly dealt with Manchester united

  • Remember his goal against Chelsea man u, Arsenal, and even penalty hero in england

  • God bless ur days of retirement, as u Leave d football pitch to rest ur feet,u r a hero bro

  • Buh do u know i always remember dat miss in world cup

  • Nag lie jooor. Yakubu is 45 nt 35. Imagine taiye taiwo day celebrate 29yrs while his counter part day celebrate 44 nah who u won believe now. Zltan Ibramovic is 35 and he is strong ond pitch. Buffon is 40 yrs

  • Most of us thought he has since retired. His retirement is long overdue. We don close him chapter since that yeye miss he did.

    • But I think there was a game he rescued Nigeria. Anyone else could have missed that chance. Let’s hope we were him and treat him like he was us.

  • Greatest miss in the world cup. Nigeria vs south Korea in the 2010 world cup in south Africa.

  • You one of nigeria legend that play in premiership. And you have over 100 goals in you name.

  • Congratulations

  • My bro forgive and forget

  • great man I salute you

  • I cant forgiv dat guy. Even my grandma wil scored dat goal

  • nigeria only remember your mistake not your good things .so far so good the guy is the thirt highest scorer in nigeria term and make recode in premiership by score 100 goal

  • Na lie. Yakubu is 25 and not 35. Hahahaha.

  • The only ideal wishes by a reasonable person to some one retiring a successful carrier should be positive. Good health long life etc it’s rather unfortunate ,the type of comments of hate,insults etc.Some only remembered his misses and not his goals and dedication to father Land. More annoying is that these type of comments are coming from failures and job less people that are not worthy to even was his boots.

  • bless u ma Babatunde Ajani i luv u somuch…u are a woman of substance..Dat is Nigerians for u

  • i guess u don’t watch football…if not u will never call Ayigbeni worst

  • Nigeria only remember ur mistake not ur gud things

  • Come and invest in bendel insurance

  • Legend of nigeria football

  • Legend of d game, one of best striker Africa HV produced… Gudluck in ur future life…..

  • U fit run for field and play ball for old age? Am asking u those who are saying yak is 55 yrs?

  • ON HIS 45th birthday not 35

  • Let learn how to appreciate tinz John Tery misses a penalty for Chelsea yet he still remain der Legend the Yak u r a great player wic u long life after ur retirement . Elephant striker .

  • Nan wa for you o Mr Segun, you want make he dey force himself play abi ?

  • Senior player we all love u.thank u very much.God bless u

  • This guy did great things for this country, how about you?

  • One of the best striker Nigeria ever produced.

  • Yea. That miss at the World Cup tho…….

  • u no nothing about football

  • U have done well thank God 4u

  • Great man, congratulation

  • Yakubu is 35years old abi?

  • Senior brother Yakub Aiyegbeni may almighty Allah bless d rest of your lyf and much thanks for playing for our country Nigeria no one is perfect spirit of soccer ⚽️ will not leave you bro.

  • Must him still playing bcuz lbra is still playing.

  • For weitin, how many goals KANU scored for Nigeria… Supper Eagle? Despite he was an amazing striker. Congrats Mr Aiyegbeni, you have retired for good, you will not tire in your endeavour

  • Yakubu 35ys old hmmmmm okay ooooooooo . God bless you and your family.

  • God bless u (yakubu Aiyegbeni)

  • I,can’t get it clearly retired at 35 or 65

  • Pls did KANU score any nation cup goal for the Eagles?, no insult me ooo na question i ask oooo.

  • Nawa oooo me i never see this kan talk before oooo, so Kolawole what you are trying to say now is that everything that the people that senior you with a year are doing is what you too does?.

  • Thanks for all the contributions in Nigeria n world football at large.. more grace

  • Ohhh plssssss!!! Let him retire jorrr what’s the big deal about aiyegbeni’s retirement? Never forget his last game for Nigeria he let the whole world see him as the worst in south africa 2010 world cup…..well happy retirement anyways!


  • It good for him


  • yak, the best goal misser

  • Taking is the most worsted striker I have ever seen in my life ,it’s lack of finishing, no accurate pass, in fact he doesn’t look like footballer

  • Long live Yakubu

  • U re a hero bro…go and rest

  • Yak one of the most prolific goal Scorer! Second highest Super Eagle goal scorer behind The legendary Rashidi Yekini!Happy Birthday The Yak!May u enjoy the rest of your lives in Sound health!

  • Yak, Thanks for your contribution to the development of Naija

  • de toute les maniere il fou rien de bon dans notre equipe

  • Aww. Thanks for your indelible contribution to Nigeria football. Wish you all the best

  • he is the heighst goal score in nigeria

  • That guy messed up his prolific career in 2010 world cup against south Korea.
    Any kudos!!!!!!!

  • great player……. but you miss our goals….. shaaa……

  • Nigerians,we still dey back.for God sake,just to wish him happy birthday,u guys started condeming him.what of the good things he did for nigeria.Or have you forgot so soon ,his 2 goals against sudan in world cup qualifier that took ur belove country (Nigeria) to world cup.In europe or some other African countries they will never forget him.

  • Everybody here is trying to be nice and proving to be a saint 90% of you nailed him when lost that goal but wat i know is that if he had scored that goal the next match we would have been humiliated but to my own perspective he is one of the best stricker Africa have ever produce in premier league if u doubt me go and ask Rio Fedinand and van der sar they has testimony im a man u fans i know what im sayin

  • 35years indeed! Congratulations to him, his career wasn’t a disappointment though.