The 32-year-old attacker was initially ruled out of the biennial competition, but he is now set to play for the three-time African champions
Odion Ighalo could now be available to aid the Super Eagles cause at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations after the striker posted a cryptic message on his Instagram.
Ighalo was initially ruled out of the competition after his Saudi Arabian club Al-Shabab blocked him from travelling.
The 32-year-old was included in Austin Eguavoen’s 28-man squad, but Al-Shabab confirmed on Thursday that he would not be joining the squad as the invitation from the NFF arrived late.
The decision left Eguavoen with just 27 players after CAF denied his request to call in a replacement. However, in a quick turn of events, Ighalo may now be available for selection.
Although neither party has confirmed his availability, Ighalo posted a picture of himself in a private jet on his Instagram, leading to suggestions that he has finally gotten approval from his club to travel.
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The map displayed in the picture also suggests Ighalo is on his way to Africa. Should that be the case, Ighalo will link up with the rest of his teammates in Cameroon as the 25-players in camp left Abuja for Cameroon on Wednesday ahead of the Group D opener against Egypt.
Meanwhile, the team is still waiting on the arrival of Tyronne Ebuehi and Jamilu Collins.