Victor Ezeji retires from football

Former Highest Goal Scorer and Nigerian Player of the Season, Victor Ezeji, has retired from professional football after achieving a record 20 seasons in the League.

Ezeji emerged not only as a distinguished professional, but also the most decorated domestic player with laurels in his trophy cabinet from the League and Cup competitions.

Back in 2003, he also won the Caf Champions League with Enyimba.

After announcing his retirement last year, Ezeji made a U-turn and signed a short-term contract with Heartland.

Interestingly, he scored a goal against one of his former teams, Dolphins.

"It's time has come for me finally hang my boots", Ezeji said.

The former Nigerian International, who graduated from the prestigious University of Port Harcourt with a degree in Accountancy, is one of the few footballers who successfully combined education with professional football.

Ezeji is also the only Nigerian to win the 2007 Nigerian Cup Top Scorer and Most Valuable Player awards, a feat he achieved when it was called the Coca-Cola FA Cup.

In 2008, he left for Tunisia, where he spent a season with Club Africain and returned to the country to continue his career, in 2009.

“Ezeji’s achievements are rare in the modern era. 

“On Wednesday, he will address the media, in Lagos, on his retirement. 

“We’re proud of his career as he has since become a role model to up-and-coming players in the Nigeria Professional Football League.,” Ojeikere Aikhoje, who heads leading Sports PR Agency, MatchRoom Sports stated.

In recognition of his achievements, Nigeria’s foremost league awards, the League Bloggers Awards (LBA) named him Brand Ambassador, in 2013.

Ezeji played for top sides like Eagle Cement (now Dolphins), Sharks, Enyimba, Sunshine Stars and Heartland.

At Enyimba he won the League and CAF Champions League in 2003; at Dolphins he won the League in 2004 and the FA Cup in 2004, 2006 and 2007; at Sharks he won the West African Football Union, WAFU Cup in 2010.

He also played for the Super Eagles averaging a goal every two games in his short spell there.

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  1. A national hero & must be comended for his longevity (20yrs); a feat that is very rare in African players these days.

    Big ups to u my namesake!

    *Ghanaman signing out*