Super Eagles striker and the highest goal scorer at the just concluded 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) In Egypt, Jude Odion Ighalo have been in the news recently pertaining his future with the super eagles.
President of Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Melvin Pinnick confirmed that Ighalo has reversed his decision to retire from the Super Eagles and will continue to make international appearances.
“I have had a chat with him and he has reversed this decision. He has been under a lot of pressure from his Chinese club. But everything is now fine and he shall continue with the national team”.
The El Supremo of football in Nigeria also asserted that Ighalo confirmed to him that he is not yet done with the national team.
Odion Ighalo have also released a statement to this extent opining that he hasn’t made the final decision on his retirement in spite the fact that he spoke with NFF President, his retirement decision still stands as he will have to decide with his family members.
“My decision to retire from the Super Eagles stands. But the NFF President has spoken to me, to reverse the retirement. Out of respect, for him and his position, I have had to listen to him. But I have not changed my position yet.”
“I was supposed to have retired after the FIFA World Cup in Russia, after which I received a lot of attacks. But I kept going until the AFCON 2019 and this, I decided, was going to be my last tournament for Nigeria.”
Ighalo spoke more on his club and injury update.
“I’ve been out for more than two months and my club in China has not been happy. As I speak, I am on the treatment table trying to get myself fit… This decision to retire from the national team was taken in conjunction with my family.”
“If I am going to reverse my retirement, I would need to consult with my family and my club. I respect the President of NFF, but the reversal of my retirement is certainly not one that I can take alone. I need to consult with others before I take a decision.”
“When I had my earlier conversation with NFF President, my words were misunderstood. I never told him I had reversed my retirement. But he thought differently. I will consider the request to reverse my retirement. But no decision has been made yet.”
*By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde*