Former Nigerian international Taiye Taiwo has given reason for his decision not to retire from professional football.
Taiwo joined Finland’s third division team Salon Palloilijat in a one-year deal.
The 36-year-old footballer agreed to the one-year deal with the Finnish third-tier club, which will begin on January 1, 2022.
The leftback who represented Nigeria at the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa has played for Olympique de Marseille and AC Milan.
“The reason I can play football actively now is that I still have plenty left in the tank,” Taiwo said.
“A lot of people always say that Africans retire early but I am living proof that we can still play into our late 30s and early 40s. I know it’s a club in the third division and they are keen to gain promotion.
“It could be my biggest challenge in Finland, another country I can call home. I love challenges, and the ambition of the club to play in the second tier was a big factor in my decision to come back to Finland,” the footballer added.
“I know I could’ve gone elsewhere but imagine achieving success with Salon Palloilijat – people will talk about me forever in the city. At this stage of my life and after the career I have had. I believe I can help the younger players, act like a role model, pass on my knowledge and together we can help the team.”
Taiwo represented Nigeria in 54 international matches, scoring eight goals, including one against Ghana during the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Egypt, when the Super Eagles finished third and clinched the bronze.