Former Sheffield Wednesday man Atdhe Nuhiu hangs up his boots internationally
Atdhe Nuhiu left Sheffield Wednesday at the end of the 2019/20 season as he found pastures new in Cyprus, and now he’s decided to focus fully on his club football.
Nuhiu, who will turn 32 in July, hit the 50-goal mark for the Owls shortly before leaving the club before the start of the campaign just gone, leaving British shores to join Cypriot giants, APOEL.
The Kosovan forward is set to play his final game of the season this evening as APOEL’s campaign comes to an end against Doxa, and ahead of that has decided to announce his retirement from international football.
A statement that he released on his Instagram was translated as follows, “Dear fans of the Kosovo National Team, my dear compatriots; I am addressing you today, to inform you that today I have made the most difficult decision in my career as a professional in football.
“I have decided to share with you the news of my withdrawal from the National Team of the Republic of Kosovo, a team with which I have extraordinary memories and unforgettable moments, during 4 years.
“I remember the first meeting with the leaders of the Kosovo National Team when I accepted to play for this national team.
“I will always be grateful to the leadership of the National Team, all my teammates, the president Agim Adcmin, from whom we had maximum support even in the most difficult conditions, the former coach Albert Bunjaku whom I collaborated from the first day in the national team and the only goal we had was to just work as professionally as possible and build a team that many generations before us dreamed of.
“Today, the Kosovo National Team has a super team and hope for glory and success in the international arena, even proving that national teams such as England, Spain, etc. can compete.
“I want to thank all the fans of the national team, who never left us alone, in every match, in every trip and in every moment.
“I embrace you all and you are in my heart forever. Eternally grateful and with much love.”
Nuhiu has played 19 games for Kosovo since his debut in 2017, scoring three times.