Some former internationals have tacitly supported the refined plans by the Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr to bring Odion Ighalo out of retirement to play for the national team again.
In a chat with former Nigerian utility player, Garba Lawal threw his weight behind Rohr’s plan to recall the experienced striker saying he has more experience than other young strikers like Simy Nwankwo.
He, however, maintained that the final decision lies with the national team coach.
“Everyone has his own abilities. Ighalo had been in the national team for years and had paid his dues. You can’t evaluate him with somebody simply coming up.
“Experience counts in football. He isn’t blocking anyone’s possibilities although he’s retired.
“If the coach wants to bring him back, it depends upon him. He has the final say. If the coach brings him, the younger players will learn from him, otherwise, they need to bid their time.
In the same vein, Mutiu Adepoju popularly known as the ‘Headmaster’ is of the opinion that there are some unknown reasons the coach desires Ighalo again in the team.
“There is a reason why the coach needs to have him again in the team. It’s not for me to say it’s a wrong move or a right one. It all depends on the choice of the coaches.
“Ighalo has stated he’s not enjoying once more however for the coach to look for him, possibly there’s something he sees in him,” he stated.
Ighalo retired from the national team in 2019 after the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt where he emerged as the highest goal scorer.
During his time, he scored sixteen goals in 35 appearances for the Super Eagles.
Ighalo presently performs for the Saudi-Arabia aspect, Al Shabab. His former clubs include Prime FC, Julius Berger, Lyn, Udinese, Granada, Watford, Changchun Yatai, Shanghai Greenland Shenhua and his boyhood membership, Manchester United.