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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