Nigerian Legend Kicks Against Ighalo’s Return to Super Eagles, Makes Stunning Statement

Nigerian Legend Kicks Against Ighalo’s Return to Super Eagles, Makes Stunning Statement

  • Nigerian Football Federation are planning to recall Odion Ighalo back to Super Eagles for the coming games
  • The plan has been kicked against by former Super Eagles star Mutiu Adepoju who feels Ighalo's return is of no need
  • Odion Ighalo who currently plays in Saudi Arabia last played for the Super Eagles at the 2019 African Cup of Nations

Nigerian Football Federation under Amaju Pinnick have been slammed by former international Mutiu Adepoju who frowned at their plans to recall striker Odion Ighalo back to Super Eagles.

Since the NFF president Amaju Pinnick announced that the board are trying to make Ighalo return to the Super Eagles, there have been reactions from Nigerians and football lovers.

Many are of the opinions that the likes of Victor Osimhen, Taiwo Awoniyi, Paul Onuachu and other young and promising strikers should have the opportunity in Rohr's team.

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Odion Ighalo
Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo while in action for Super Eagles. Photo by Patrick Smith
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When did Odion Ighalo quit the Super Eagles?

Odion Ighalo hanged his international boots after the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt where he finished as highest goalscorer.

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Odion Ighalo disclosed then that personal reason made him to leave the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

According to the report on Complete Sports and Punch, Mutiu Adepoju who played 48 games for the Super Eagles explained that recalling Odion Ighalo is of no importance.

Mutiu Adepoju's reaction on Odion Ighalo

“I like Ighalo as a player, he is a very good striker. He retired from the Super Eagles two years, so, if he is recalled to do what the strikers in the team are doing, well, I don’t know the reason for that.
“We have Victor Osimhen scoring very well for his club, we have Kelechi Iheanacho, Taiwo Awoniyi and so many of them.

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“If we have players who are doing very well and scoring goals in their clubs, do we still have to recall Ighalo? It’s just my opinion.''

Odion Ighalo Drops Stunning Statement About His Future in the Super Eagles

Earlier, had reported how former Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo explained that he has not made any decision about a possible return to the Super Eagles even though he admitted that the NFF chiefs have contacted him.

So far this season in the Saudi Arabian League, Odion Ighalo has been impressive for Al-Shabab netting nine goals in ten games and he is gearing up to score more.

Recently, Amaju Pinnick who is the President of the Nigerian Football Federation traveled to England to see the Super Eagles players playing in the Premier League.

Pinnick visited the likes of Etebo, Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi before contacting Odion Ighalo who is in Saudi Arabia.


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