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Odion Ighalo retires from international football

Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo has announced his retirement from international football after the conclusion of the Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Egypt. 

The former Watford striker won the Golden Boot at the tournament after netting five times as his side finished third behind Senegal and winners Algeria. 

Speaking to BBC, Ighalo conceded that it was a difficult decision to arrive at, but nonetheless the best in order to give young talents the opportunity. 

"You always dream of playing for Nigeria as a boy and luckily I managed to do it from the under the 20s to the senior side," he said.

"But you only need to take the time to reflect and tell yourself the truth, even though it was the hardest decision to make in my life as a footballer, I think it is the right one," he added. 

The Shanghai Shenhua of China player was at the receiving end of death threats aimed at his family after failing to score at the 2018 World Cup last summer but led the lines well in Egypt.

"I feel honoured to finish as top scorer in Egypt with the help of my teammates and coaching staff. Personally, it is also time for me to give way to the promising young players in the national team set up," 

"I am extremely proud to have represented my country - and despite not reaching personal and collective ambition as a team - I have really enjoyed every moment.

The 30-year-old further revealed that he will now concentrate on club football. 

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