In a recent news, it has been confirmed that the Nigerian football star Victor Moses has decided to hang up his boots from international football, so that he can focus on his Chelsea career.
In a post on social media, Moses wrote: “I would like to announce that after much thought I have made the decision to retire from playing international football.”
The Chelsea winger has represented Super Eagles on 38 occasions, most recent ones being during the FIFA World Cup 2018. A key member of the Nigeria squad in the World Cup, Moses picked up an assist in the 2-0 win over Iceland and scored an important goal in the final group match against Argentina. Unfortunately, following the defeat in the thrilling encounter against the Latin Americans, his country could not progress to the next round.
Moses admitted that he has experienced some of his best moments of life wearing the Nigeria shirt and he has memories that will last a lifetime.
“Nothing will ever compete to what it felt like to represent Nigeria on behalf of our country”, he said. “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.
The 27-year-old further added, “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.”
Will it be good for Chelsea?
Post this retirement, it seems that Moses will entirely focus on his club career. He was a pivotal member during Antonio Conte’s title-winning season in 2016/17. Playing as the right wing-back, he continued his show the next season as well, albeit the Blues failed to finish in the top four.
Presently, the new boss Maurizio Sarri has reverted back to a four back system, and hence Cesar Azpilicueta has been slotted in his preferred right back position. That naturally puts Moses in a difficult position. However, he can be utilized as the right winger, a role he has taken often for Nigeria.
It would remain to see how extensively Sarri uses Moses this season. Meanwhile, still 27, it is certain that the Nigerian has the potential to be a valuable member for the Chelsea side, given that he can focus entirely on his career with the Premier League giants.
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