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Break­ing! Vic­tor Moses quits Super Eagles

Chelsea and Super Eagles winger, Vic­tor Moses has announced his retire­ment from inter­na­tion­al foot­ball with Nige­ria. He made this deci­sion to “focus fully”on his club career and spend more time with his fam­i­ly.

Moses was born in Lagos, Nige­ria. When he was 11, his par­ents were killed in reli­gious riots in Kaduna when riot­ers invad­ed their home. Moses was play­ing foot­ball in the street at the time. A week lat­er, after being hid­den by friends, his rel­a­tives paid for him to trav­el to the UK to claim asy­lum. He was placed with a fos­ter fam­i­ly in South Lon­don.

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Moses began his career in the Cham­pi­onship with Crys­tal Palace, before his per­for­mances caught the eye of Wigan Ath­let­ic, where he made his Pre­mier League debut in 2010. After two years, his game had improved to the extent that Euro­pean cham­pi­ons Chelsea were inter­est­ed, and he signed for them in the sum­mer of 2012. Despite ten goals in all com­pe­ti­tions dur­ing his first sea­son, he spent his sec­ond sea­son on loan to Liv­er­pool, his third on loan at Stoke City and his fourth on loan at West Ham Unit­ed.

Born in Nige­ria, Moses rep­re­sent­ed Eng­land youth teams at under-16, under-17, under-19 and under-21 lev­els, but opt­ed to play for Nige­ria as opposed to being ful­ly capped for Eng­land. He has gained over 20 caps for Nige­ria since his debut in 2012 and has played in their win­ning cam­paign at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, as well as the cam­paign in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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Moses was select­ed to play for Nige­ria against Guatemala in Feb­ru­ary 2011, but the friend­ly was can­celled. He then accept­ed a call-up in March 2011 for Nigeria’s games against Ethiopia and Kenya. How­ev­er, he was ruled out of those games because his appli­ca­tion to FIFA to switch nation­al­i­ties was not received in time. It was announced on 1 Novem­ber 2011 that FIFA had cleared both Moses and Shola Ameo­bi to play for Nige­ria. Moses was called up to Nigeria’s 23-man squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, scor­ing two penal­ties in their final group stage game against Ethiopia, which Nige­ria need­ed to win to go through. For the sec­ond, Ethiopi­an goal­keep­er Sisay Ban­cha was giv­en his sec­ond book­ing in the events lead­ing to the penal­ty and was sent off. Ethiopia had already used all three sub­sti­tutes so their hold­ing mid­field­er went in goal, and missed Moses’ penal­ty. The game end­ed 2–0. Nige­ria went on to win the tour­na­ment, their third such title. Moses start­ed in the final and played the entire game.

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Moses was select­ed for Nigeria’s squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and start­ed in their open­ing group match and the Round of 16 match against France as they lost 2–0.

Upon Ger­not Rohr’s assump­tion as Nigeria’s head coach in August 2016, Moses fea­tured reg­u­lar­ly in the FIFA 2018 qual­i­fy­ing match­es. Moses scored a brace for Nige­ria dur­ing a FIFA 2018 qual­i­fy­ing match against Alge­ria in Novem­ber 2016, help­ing them secure a 3–1 vic­to­ry. In May 2018 he was named in Nigeria’s pre­lim­i­nary 30 man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Rus­sia, where he got a cru­cial equal­iz­er against Argenti­na, though, his side lost the game in the dying min­utes to see Argenti­na through while Nige­ria got elim­i­nat­ed.

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