Rohr still hopeful Ighalo will return to Super Eagles
Rohr still hopeful Ighalo will return to Super Eagles

Rohr still hopeful Ighalo will return to Super Eagles

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr is still believing that striker Odion Ighalo will rescind his decision to retire from international football.

Ighalo announced his retirement after helping Nigeria to a third place finish at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

He scored five goals to emerged the top scorer at AFCON 2019 in Egypt.

Rohr, who reminisced on Ighalo's good deeds while with the Super Eagles, said he believes the Shanghai Shenhua striker will return to the team.

“You know that I have a very close relationship with this player (Ighalo); the situation at the (2018) World Cup and after the World Cup drew us very close together,” Rohr told our correspondent in Lagos, just before returned to Germany." Rohr told Punch.

“He spoke to me before the tournament, about his desire to retire, I told him to wait, think about it, take rest after the World Cup, but the information came out.

“I still believe that after some time (Ighalo will return to the team), because he loves his country, he loves his teammates, he has so many friends. He was able to buy the SIM cards for all the players and officials, when some players didn’t have any money after three or four weeks. He bought SIM cards in Egypt because some players could not call their families, he was the one who bought the SIM cards with credit for everybody, for the 39 people.

“This is such a fantastic man, and so we will miss him very much if he is not coming back but we will see perhaps he is not definitive.”


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