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Peter Odemwingie: Former Super Eagles star becomes professional golfer

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Following a football career in which he earned 65 caps for Nigeria, former Premier League striker Peter Odemwingie graduated as a PGA Member last month.

After a illustrious career for club and country in which he represented Nigeria and won medals including a silver medal at Beijing 2008 Olympics, the former Stoke City players decided to take to golf.

Odemwingie, the Premier League footballer-turned-PGA Member now wants to inspire others to realise their potential.

It is a small percentage of people who make it as a professional in one sport, so to have achieved the feat in two speaks volumes to Odemwingie’s talent.

It is also abundantly clear that sheer hard work has played a key role in his journey as both a footballer and a golfer.

“I’m proud because I challenged myself not only to apply effort in a sport but also academically,” he says on PGA website.

“I hope my story motivates people to follow suit, whether that’s through The PGA or any other form of studies.”

Born in Tashkent – now the capital of Uzbekistan – when it was part of the Soviet Union, he moved to his father’s home country of Nigeria at the age of two but got his secondary school education in Russia, from where his mother hails.

He had been on the books of CSKA Moscow as a youngster, but it was in Nigeria that he made the step up to senior football with Bendell Insurance, followed by spells in Belgium and France, before he returned to Russia to play for CSKA’s rivals Lokomotiv Moscow.

Odemwingie scored goals wherever he went and soon the forward who is blessed with exceptional pace and an acquired ability to dribble past defenders, was proving himself on the exalted stage of the English Premier League with West Brom.

It was during his time at The Hawthorns, where he set the tone with a match-winning goal on his debut, that golf first came on to his radar.

He is now ready to go into golf after bagging his certificate to become a professional golfer.


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