Former Super Eagles striker, Peter Osaze Odemwingie has enthused about the status he will now enjoy as an ex-international, which he says will give him the privilege of advising younger players.
Speaking in the wake of his decision on Wednesday to quit football at the age of 37, Osaze said he will turn his attention on motivating young players, even as he charts a new course in coaching.
While announcing his decision to quit the round leather game actively, Osaze said he is not leaving football altogether, as he plans to going into coaching and lace it up with advisory roles when necessary.
The mulatto star, who confessed that his big regret as a footballer was in not being part of the Nigerian squad that won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa, as he returned the following year to score at the World Cup in Brazil, stressed that he saw all side of the game.
He further hinted that he saw the good, bad and ugly during his time with the Eagles, as well in an edifying club career that saw him play for AS Racines of Lagos, Bendel Insurance of Benin City, La Louviere of Belgium, Lille Metropole of France, Lokomotiv Moscow of Russia as well as the EPL trio of West Bromwich Albion, Cardiff City and Stoke City.
Osaze retorted: “I don’t think there is anyone that will say they are without regrets. I am in a good position to advice young players.
“A lot of interesting things to be proud of at club level. There were few mistakes but you learn as you grow.”