Mickael Poté: Benin Striker Reportedly Set To Announce Retirement From Football
Benin international Mickael Poté will announce his retirement from football at a press conference next week, according to reports.
The news of the striker’s retirement could be seen as a shock and comes just hours after he parted ways with Turkish side Menemenspor on Sunday.
The 37-year-old joined Menemenspor last season following a successful spell with Turkish First League outfit, Bandirmaspor.
One of his former coaches Vincenzo Montella is reported to have tried his best to convince Pote to continue playing, with no success.
His former club Adana Demirspor revealed in a tweet carried on their television that the Beninese is hanging his boots after 22 years of active football.
“Mickael Poté announced that he was putting an end to his professional football career. We would like to thank Poté, who has established himself as a foreign player who has scored the most goals in the history of Adama Demirspor, for everything he gave to us,” the tweet reads.
Poté is set to return to Paris, France where his family is based.
He began his professional career in 2003 at Grenoble Foot, where he played only three games in his first season before moving to Cannes where he stayed for three years, scoring 9 goals in 51 games.
Pote joined Clermont Foot in the 2007 Summer where he scored 5 goals in 36 games. On 26 June 2009, The Beninese signed a three-year-contract with Ligue 1 side Nice.
On August 2011, Pote left France and signed a three-year contract with Bundesliga club Dynamo Dresden.
He then moved to Omonia in 2014, where he emerged Cypriot’s League top scorer with 17 goals in a season. In the 2015-2016 season, he played for Adana Demirspor at Turkish 1st Division and won the top scorer title with his 20 goals and he is currently playing for the Turkish club.
He has received call-ups from Benin’s national team since 2008, debuting on September 7 that year in a friendly against Angola.