Former Super Eagles player Osaze Odemwingie becomes professional golfer

Osaze Odemwingie

Former Super Eagles forward Osaze Odemwingie has become a member of the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA).

In a video posted on Tuesday on YouTube by PGA announcing his admission, Odemwingie said he fell in love with golf during the latter days of his football career.

He said playing golf can feel lonely especially as he was used to “group sport”.

“I’m really proud of all of myself and my friends who are graduating today as well. It is a long journey. I fell in love with the game,” Odemwingie said.

“I play lots of pro-ams as an amateur. I am coming from a football background. I had a decent-level career in a group sport. Now I am in a different sport, sometimes you can be lonely in golf — just you and your caddie, if you have one.

“And seeing what the PGA professionals enjoy. I pass the playing ability test, I was accepted on the programme and I was excited that day as I am today.”

Odemwingie earned 63 caps for Nigeria after making his debut in 2002. He scored 10 goals and was a part of Nigeria’s squad at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.

The former West Brom and Stoke striker scored 36 goals in 129 Premier League appearances between 2010 and 2016.

He was born in Uzbekistan to a Russian mother and a Nigerian father. The 42-year-old retired from football in 2019.