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Ighalo: Former Manchester United Forward To Decide ‘Soon’ On Nigeria Return

The 31-year-old retired from international service in 2019 but is considering returning to the West African side.

Former Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo has revealed that he will soon make a decision on a possible return to the Nigerian national team.

The 31-year-old announced his retirement from international service in 2019 after helping the Super Eagles finish third in the African Cup of Nations, where he emerged as the top scorer.

The forward gave a good account of himself during his time at Manchester United, giants of the Premier League.

Ighalo left the Red Devils in January after the expiration of his contract to sign for Al Shabab of the Saudi Professional League and has started working for the club.

The center forward has scored three goals and provided an assist in just five league appearances, among other dazzling displays.

Following his impressive performances, Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr wants the attacker to come out of retirement.

Ighalo has now revealed that he would make a decision regarding the request, as he has respect for his country and for the German tactician.

“The coach approached me but I have not yet decided if this is a path I want to follow again,” Ighalo told BBC Sport Africa.

“We’ve been talking about it for a while and I hope he makes that decision soon.

“I have to decide because I have great respect for my country and the coach, so it is only fair that people know what your position is.”

Ighalo scored 16 goals in 35 appearances for the three-time African champions before his abrupt retirement from the national team.

The forward was widely criticized for not scoring at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where the Super Eagles were eliminated in the group stage.

Subsequently, Ighalo wanted to leave the national team before he was convinced to stay with the team and then scored seven goals at the Afcon 2019 in Egypt.

In Ighalo’s absence, Napoli forward Victor Osimhen has led the Super Eagles attack and has four goals in the Afcon qualifiers.

However, the 22-year-old is still recovering from a head injury and it is not known if he will be available for Nigeria’s qualifying matches for the Afcon against the Republic of Benin and Lesotho in March.

source: – target


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