Sierra Leone Star Julius Wobay announces international retirement

Julius Wobay has retired from International football with immediate effect after seventeen years of representing Sierra Leone.

Wobay ended his Leone Stars career with over 30 caps two days after the Confederation of African Football (Caf) disqualified Sierra Leone from the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

He made his international debut against Nigeria in 2001 in a 2002 World Cup qualifier in Freetown which they won 1-0.

“It’s really sad that I’ll end my career at a time when we’ve been disqualified from the Nations Cup qualifiers due to the Fifa suspension,” the 34-year told BBC Sport.

“I wanted to end my career on a high note by qualifying my country to the Nations Cup finals. This was the last opportunity I had to do so.

“It’s a big disappointment because we had a good chance to qualify. We were determined to give our best to qualify because it was my last chance to play in the Nations Cup,” he said.

The attacking midfielder played for nine clubs in his career making over 302 appearances and scored 64 goals since moving abroad in 2003.

During his career, Wobay won four silver wears including two titles with Azerbaijan’s top-flight side Neftchi Baku and with Slovenian side Olimpija in 2016 respectively.

The former East End Lions attacker won two Azerbaijan cup with Khazar Lankaran in the 2010-2011 season and then with Neftchi two seasons later.

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