Columbus Crew star forward Fanendo Adi has welcomed the idea of retiring in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) if the opportunity arises.
The 29-year-old former AS Trencin striker says he would love to play in the NPFL ‘even if it is just one or two games’ before hanging his boots.
However, the former Super Eagles and U-23 invitee disclosed that he won’t be involved in the long-distant journeys NPFL clubs usually embark on during away matches if he is to play in the domestic topflight.
“I follow the local league in Nigeria a little bit, especially Lobi Stars, because, as you know, I have watched them a few times when I was on holiday and when they played continental, and all of that,” he said while reacting to questions on NSM WhatsApp Group at the weekend.
“I never got the opportunity to play in Nigeria because I left very early, And to retire there? Yes, it’s something possible, even if it’s just a game. I want to play in the Nigerian league even if it is just one or two games, I just wanna see what it feels like. You know the environment, obviously, I’m not going to be travelling from one place to another.
“But it is something that I don’t mind doing. I don’t mind playing for a team there (Nigeria) even for a week or for just a month, and then, retire.”
In March 2016, Adi was also called up to the Super Eagles squad to face Egypt in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, but he was not used by then head coach Samson Siasia.
Before moving to the Major League Soccer (MLS) in 2014, Adi had spells in Ukraine with the likes of Dynamo Kyiv and Metalurh Donetsk, Slovakian side AS Trencin and FC Copenhagen of Denmark.