- Peter Odemwingie says his omission from the Super Eagles squad that won the 2013 AFCON title was his biggest regret as a player
- The forward was not included in the team despite his impressive form for his Premier League club at the time
- Odemwingie made this known after formally hanging his boots after a career that lasted over two decades
Former Nigeria international Peter Odemwingie has admitted that being left out of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winning team was one of his greatest regrets.
The 37-year-old last featured for the Super Eagles in 2014 at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil and since then had not been invited for national team assignments.
He announced his retirement from active football this month despite last playing professional football in 2017.
The former Premier League striker also agreed that he gave his all to ensure he was shortlisted in the team for the AFCON tourney in South Africa but it never happened.
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According to BBC, Odemwingie also enjoyed some good moments representing the three time African champions during his twelve year national team career.
He helped Nigeria finish third at the Nations Cup in 2004, 2006 and 2010 but missed out of their triumph in South Africa.
"I think not being part of the Nations Cup-winning squad when I was at my peak is a big regret," he told BBC Sport.
"I don't think there is anyone that will say they are without regrets. "I did everything I could to be a part of that squad but it never happened, but I had an amazing time with my country.
"A lot of interesting things to be proud of at club level that would be too much to talk about.
"There were few mistakes but you learn as you grow and now I am in a good position to advice other young players."
Odemwingie had a good outing in the Premier League after scoring 36 goals in 129 appearances while playing for West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City. He won two 'player of the month awards' in February 2010 and April 2012.
"I can count on a lot of highs but three stands out for me. Playing in the Premier League and winning two player of the month awards," Odemwingie explained.
"Scoring a brace for Nigeria against South Africa at my Nations Cup debut in 2004 is also unforgettable.
"To score for Nigeria at the 2014 World Cup against Bosnia was something special because I know what it means to my people back home.
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"Right now I have a role as Fifa's ambassador for the Women's World Cup in France then I can focus on my coaching badges. Football has been good to me and I'm grateful.
"I've scored goals at all the top clubs I played and I believe with the help of my teammates I can still do the same here."
Odemwingie was part of the Dream Team that won silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and marked his Super Eagles debut with a goal against Kenya.
Legit.ng earlier reported that ex-Super Eagles winger Peter Osaze Odemwingie has announced his retirement from football at the age of 37.
The forward made this announcement while appearing at the UEFA’s Equal Game conference at Wembley on Wednesday night, April 3.
Odemwingie, who last played his professional football for Indonesian side Madura United in 2017, explained that he intends to embark on a coaching career.
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