The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) have denied forcing Odion Ighalo’s retirement from Super Eagles.
Ighalo was in poor form during the 2018 World Cup in which he missed a lot of chances to score, forcing Nigeria to lose out in the group stage.
His bad outing and Nigeria’s subsequent elimination in the group stage during the tournament caused a national outrage and fans took to social media to insult him and threaten his family.
This contributed to his early retirement after the 2019 African Cup Of Nations in which Nigeria emerged third.
NFF came out and denied having anything to do with Ighalo’s sudden retirement and said Coach Rohr is free to bring him back as there are reports that Ighalo wants to return to Super Eagles.
“Nobody sent Ighalo away from the team. If the coach thinks he can feature in his plans, then it is the coach’s prerogative to take the decision on that,” NFF spokesman, Ademola Olajire told Sports Extra.
Olajire also denied imposing Nigerian local league players on Rohr.
“There’s nothing like imposing NPFL players on the coach. He is at liberty to pick his players,” he said.
Recall that Super Eagles legend, Ifeanyi Udeze, had urged NFF to mandate Gernot Rohr to invite more home based players to Super Eagles.