Ex-internationals have reacted to the reports making rounds that the Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr is desirous to bring Odion Ighalo out of retirement and play for the national team.
Speaking with former defender, Mr Garba Lawal who threw his support behind Ighalo being recalled saying he has more experience than other young strikers like Simy Nwankwo but pointed out 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 compare with someone just coming up. Experience counts in football. He is not blocking anybody’s chances even though he is retired.
“If the coach wants to bring him back, it depends on him. He has the final say. If the coach brings him, the younger players will learn from him, otherwise they should bid their time.
In the same vein, Mutiu Adepoju popularly called the ‘Headmaster’ is of the opinion that there is are some unknown reasons why the coach wants Ighalo back in the team.
“There is a reason why the coach wants to have him back in the team. It is not for me to say it is a wrong move or a right one. It all depends on the decision of the coaches.
“Ighalo has said he is not playing again but for the coach to look for him, maybe there is something he sees in him,” he said.
Ighalo retired from the national team in 2019 after the Africa Cup of Nations after making his debut in 2015. During his time, he scored 16 goals in 35 appearances for the Super Eagles.
He currently plays for Saudi-Arabia side, Al Shabab after playing for Prime FC, Julius Berger, Lyn, Udinese, Granada, Watford, Changchun Yatai, Shanghai Greenland Shenhua and his boyhood club, Manchester United.