By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Nigerian goalkeeper, Christy Ohiaeriaku has decided to take a break from the round leather until further notice.
The former Rivers Angels safe hands took to social media to announce her break from football on her Instagram handle on Friday.
While thanking her previous clubs in the Nigeria Women’s Football League (NWFL) and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), opened up on why she made the decision.
“First I would like to thank Nigeria women’s league clubs that I had played for and Nigeria football federation for the opportunity!,” She posted on Instagram.
” About months ago, I took a decision to stay away from football. With that being said I would like to let everyone know that I’ve decided to stay away from soccer at this year or two to take a fully break from playing soccer!
“It’s not a decision I made lightly but a decision that I know is right for me and my spirit. I haven’t fully decided if I will try to make a comeback or retire from there but right now I’m following my heart and my heart is telling me to stay away!
“Soccer has always been my identity, so now I am so searching and finding myself outside of the game. Thank you, everyone, for all the support, I have always appreciated the love and positivity, you guys send my way! Make sure to still stay tuned!!😍😍🇳🇬
Ohiaeriaku came into the limelight after she represented Nigeria’s senior national team at the 2014 and 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in Namibia and Ghana, where the country claimed the trophy for the record seventh and ninth time respectively.
Ohiaeriaku made the Nigeria squad to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada and was part of the team’s build up for the 2019 edition before narrowly missing on the final squad for France trip after featuring at the U20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea in 2016.
The shot-stopper had previously played for NWFL Premiership teams like Osun Babes, Rivers Angels, Edo Queens, and Sunshine Queens as well as IFK Ostersunds in Sweden.
The 26-year-old joined Desire Oparanozie and Patricia George who recently took a break from football after representing the country.