By Uche Dozie
Sports Writer, kick442.com-Nigeria
Ex- Three Lioness and Chelsea Star has decided to hang her footballing boot after twenty-five years.
Eni disclosed this in a letter she wrote to ”football” on The Players Tribune and on her social media handle.
I’m writing this letter to you because a chapter of our friendship is about to close. I have decided to retire as a professional footballer. When we first met 25 years ago, I could never have imagined the crazy, unbelievable journey you would take me on.” Eni said.
The thirty- two years old, described her enthralling moments while playing the beautiful game.
She narrated her love for Manchester United as a child and how footballt gave her the opportunity to work with players she was obsessed with.
According to her, football gave her a whole lot with the positives outweighing the negatives.
”Some people say that you are just a sport, but you have taught me so much about life. You have shown me how to work with others, how to set targets and achieve them, how to embrace challenges. You have given me highs that I never thought were possible, and lows that challenged me to my core — but that also made me strong and resilient. You have given me friends whom I will cherish for life.”
Eni may have retired but she is not ready to leave football totally as she will reveal her plans in the future.
”People tend to think that when you retire as a player, your story ends. But to me this is just a new chapter. And while I can’t tell you about my next step just yet, I can say that I will keep working to drive the women’s game forward, much like I tried to do for all those years as a striker. I’ll be striving to give women key positions in football, to help get the game more coverage, finance and growth and new opportunities.” She said.
The player with Nigerian parents, played for Charlton, Birmingham Atlanta Beat, Sky Blue FC, Chelsea and Juventus FC before her retirement.
She won the Italian League, Italian Supercoppa, two Women’s Super League titles and two FA Cup victories.
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