Ighalo Announces Retirement From International Football

Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo has announced his retirement from the National Team, shortly after Captain John Mikel Obi made his retirement official earlier today, according to Brila FM reports.

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Ighalo, a strong contender for the Golden Boot award at the ongoing 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) with five goals, leads the goal standings ahead of Sadio Mane (Senegal) and Adam Ounas (Algeria) who have both scored three goals in the tournament so far.

The 30-year-old scored the winner against the Carthage Eagles in the third-place match but limped off in the 44th minute following a knee injury.

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He made his Super Eagles debut under the tutelage of Daniel Amokachi in 2015 and later played his first competition with the senior team at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

He came under huge criticisms when Nigeria were eliminated from the 2018 World Cup after missing a glaring chance against Argentina which could have given the Super Eagles a 2-1 lead.

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But the former Watford forward bounced back to become the highest goal scorer for the 2019 AFCON tournament qualifiers, notching up seven goals in the process.


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