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Pinnick: Victor Moses deserves ceremonious exit from Super Eagles

NFF President Amaju Pinnick says he is keen on ensuring retired Super Eagles forward Victor Moses gets due honour at the national team as the player has ‘paid his dues’.

Moses announced retirement from international football shortly after the 2018 World Cup in Russia, claiming that he wants to focus more on his club career and family.

However, Pinnick believes he can still persuade the 28-year-old to revert his decision to quit the Super Eagles and is planning to meet with the Chelsea man in coming days.

”With all due respect to Nigerians, I am talking to Victor Moses because I believe he’s somebody that has paid his dues,” Pinnick told Channels Television.

”He shouldn’t just leave Nigeria unceremoniously and I told him that. I talk to him every day. I make him understand the reason he’s very, very eager.

”Even if he says I am begging him, I don’t mind. It’s not as if there are no players there but we should encourage our players. The others when they say they are retiring, maybe it is out of ego.”

Pinnick further added that he is taking steps to ensure the former England youth international does not retire from the Eagles ‘unceremoniously’.

”He has paid his dues. I recall the Nations Cup we won, the game we played against Ethiopia, ten minutes to the end of the game, he scored two penalties and those penalties catapulted us to the quarterfinals.

”I will be meeting with him in a fortnight and his agent. Even if he wants to go, there must be a ceremony for him to go and that’s the truth.

”Look at what they did to Wayne Rooney, they brought him back, gave him the captaincy. We must celebrate them at every point in time.

The 27-year-old, who was a integral part of the Nigeria squad that won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2013, scored 12 goals in 38 appearances for the Super Eagles.

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