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Rohr bent on a Super Eagles recall for Ighalo

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We would like to have Odion Ighalo in the Super Eagles – Rohr

Odion Ighalo, who joined Manchester United on a six-month loan deal on the closing day of the winter transfer window retired from the Nigerian national team after the 2019 African Cup of Nations.

However, the aftermath of a move to England could make the coach of the Nigerian press the 30-year-old forward for a return to the international folds.

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Gernot Rohr at the time of Ighalo’s announcement to quit international football had indicated that the forward’s time in the Super Eagles – saying so long he remains the Nigerian coach, Ighalo would return.

The Franco-German, at the time, said: “I like this man {Ighalo} because he’s a good example of professionalism and very exemplary as one of our captains and all the time, I always want an excellent relationship with my players and I don’t think it’s finished with Ighalo if I stay.

“We have to work hard for the success of a new goalscorer. Of course, we have some new strikers that you know already but Ighalo is such an experienced and aesthetic striker that we are going to miss him.”

While Victor Osimehn had been remarkable in Ighalo’s absence, Rohr maintained that his coaching crew would be happy to have Ighalo return.

The coach said, “We are very happy about the new team of Ighalo. Manchester United is a fantastic challenge for him and I spoke already with him and you know he is a very good player on and off the pitch.

“If a player is playing in Manchester United each coach of national teams would like to have him. Our young players could learn a lot on the side of this great goal scorer.”

Having had a tough start to his five-year international stint, where he was largely held culpable and maligned for Super Eagles’ exit at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Rohr kept faith in the 30-year-old.

The faith yielded result as he emerged both the top scorer at the African Cup of Nations qualifiers and the tournament proper.

In 35 games for the Super Eagles, Ighalo notched 17 goals.

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