|Priority for Lionel is his family and his club, Home United|
After all, great custodians like Dino Zoff and Peter Shilton did maintain their presence between the posts for their countries past their forties.
But for the case of Lionel Lewis who decided to call his Lions career a day the tell-signs were already there in recent weeks.
Right after the loss to the Iraqis back in September, the Home United 'keeper revealed his intention to the waiting press at the mixed zone that night.
This came after Lionel just recovered from an adductor injury that sidelined him against the Malaysians in that crucial "Causeway Derby" in July.
On top of that coupled with other injuries that sustained since the start of his career, it's a matter of time for him to consider his options and so when the news broke out this morning, it hardly surprises me actually.
Consider the fact that I blogged some weeks back if it has become a liability for the national players to cope with both their Lions and club commitments simultaneously in such a stretched environment, and with the decision by Lionel it might tell us that more would follow suit if welfare of these guys are not looked into.