The Al-Shabab striker has finally joined the rest of his teammates in camp, which officially signifies his return to international football
Odion Ighalo has finally arrived at the Super Eagles camp ahead of Nigeria’s World Cup qualifiers against Liberia on Saturday.
Ighalo joined the rest of the squad on Thursday morning to bring the number of players in camp to 23. The former Manchester United striker was in high spirits in a video posted on Super Eagles social media pages.
The 32-year-old’s arrival officially confirms his return to international football, more than two years after he retired.
Ighalo had initially called time on his international career after he helped Nigeria to a third-place finish at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
However, head coach Gernot Rohr has been trying to convince him to come out of retirement for a while, and he has now accepted the call.
Before his initial retirement, Ighalo scored 16 times in 35 appearances for Nigeria. He will hope to add more to his tally when Nigeria take on Liberia and Cape Verde in their final group games in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
A win in either of the games will be enough to seal the Super Eagles spot in the final playoff round as long as Cape Verde fail to get maximum points from their two games.