Nigerian player, Taiwo retires from football at 29

Nigerian-born former Chelsea midfielder Tom Taiwo, has retired from professional football at the age of 29.

Taiwo joined Chelsea from Leeds United in 2006.

He also played Port Vale, Carlisle United, Falkirk and Hamilton Academical.

Taiwo played alongside Victor Moses in England side that reached the quarterfinals of the 2007 FIFA U17 World Cup.

Announcing his retirement, Taiwo wrote on Instagram, ”Unfortunately, I have taken the tough decision to announce my retirement from football.

“Three injury-hit seasons in succession have left me struggling to perform, but more importantly, feel the way I want to.

“On and off the pitch, I have been fortunate to deal with great people at great clubs and without your help couldn’t have fulfilled the career I have. Thank-you, I will always be grateful.

“Most importantly to the people that matter the most – my family. You’ve given me more support than I could ever ask for and for that and much more I love you all.

“Onto the next chapter – TT.”