Sunday Rotimi – Rivers United goalkeeper

Rivers United goalkeeper Sunday Rotimi has exclusively hinted Scorenigeria.com.ng he is considering retirement after 20 years playing in the domestic Nigeria Professional Football League.

Rotimi will be 38 years on March 9, 2018.

He has not however given a time frame on his retirement date.

“I’ve not really decided on the particular date or year, but honestly speaking I have been giving it (retirement) a thought after more than two decades in the Nigeria League,” Rotimi told SCORENigeria

Rotimi started his NPFL career with Plateau United in 1997 after a move from Yobe Desert Stars.

“So far, I’ve won two league trophies with Dolphins (now Rivers United), three FA Cups, two with Dolphins (now Rivers United) and one with Plateau United,” he recounted.

“At the national team level, I was part of the Super Eagles who won the 2003 LG Cup in Lagos.

“I also won the Unity Cup with the Super Eagles.

“I have seen it all. It has been a wonderful career and I thank God for it.

“I still have a few more seasons and I’ll say goodbye to the league that had equally been nice to me”, Rotimi said with a broad emotional smile.

The slim built goaltender recalled that helping defunct Dolphins to win the FA Cup and Premier League titles in 2004 remain the high points of his illustrious career.

“That was the brightest moment of my career”, Rotimi screamed with a smile on his youth-looking face.

“I will forever remember that moment. In one single season we won the league and the FA Cup, it was amazing.

“The reward that followed that from the then Rivers State governor, Peter Odili was something remarkably amazing.

“Personally, I was significantly delighted being part of the squad who brought such huge honour to the (Rivers) State”.

Rotimi is blessed with five kids, a boy and four girls.

He hinted that he had no I’ll feelings not making Super Eagles AFCON or World Cup final squad cut.

“Not going to the World Cup or Africa Cup of Nations is never a minus to my career,” he maintained.

“Every player would want to be there and I’m not an exception too.

“But, naturally, not every player would eventually make it.

“I believe I had a good run in the Super Eagles during the Nations Cup and World Cup qualifiers.

“I count myself as a member of the Super Eagles having played a role during the qualification games.

“So not making the final cut is never a drawback to my career at all.”

 

By Sab Osuji

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