Peter Odemwingie admits he regrets not being part of his country’s Africa Cup of Nations winning team in 2013 as he formally retires from playing football.
“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.”
Born in Uzbekistan, Odemwingie also played in Belgium, France and Russia before spending seven years in English football including stints with Premier League sides West Bromwich Albion, Cardiff City and Stoke City.
He marked his Nigeria debut with a goal against Kenya in Lagos in 2002, and was widely regarded as one of the most committed and dedicated players to have represented his country.