Ighalo – Super Eagles chief coach, Gernot Rohr has revealed that he is open to striker, Odion Ighalo making a return to the Nigerian national team in the nearest possible future.
Ighalo called time on his international career immediately after the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) that held in Egypt where he won the top scorer award with five goals.
And ahead of next month’s 2021 AFCON qualification matches which will pitch the Eagles against the Republic of Benin and Lesotho, Rohr is open to Ighalo’s return to the team.
Providing a fitness update on the Nigerian squad, Rohr was asked by Super Eagles TV: “Odion Ighalo also made a move to the Saudi League. What do you think and are you still thinking about a recall for him to the team?
The German football tactician then responded, saying: “I am happy that he could get a good contract at Al Shabab FC, you know that he is more than 30-years-old already.
“And he has to think about his time after football but he is still very fit and he is playing regularly in his new club, Al Shabab which is a big club in Saudi Arabia.
“There is no reason not to take him back in the Super Eagles if he is doing well and Ahemed Musa was also in Saudi Arabia and he played with the Nigerian national team.
“But the question is ‘does Ighalo himself want to come back to play for Nigeria?’ but we hope so because he is an experienced player, we have a very young team, he can be useful to his strike partners to help them develop.
“Of course, he can come back to score many goals for us, we are waiting for that,” Rohr summed up.