Former Nigeria international, Daniel Amokachi says Odion Ighalo retired from the national team due to abuse targeted at him and family, insisting he is in support of making a return to the Super Eagles.
Amokachi posited that Ighalo’s quality is still needed in the team.
Speaking on his radio programme “Bull’s Pit” on Brila FM, Amokachi said Ighalo quit national team football because he was offended by the abuse of Nigerians.
“Nigerians made Ighalo resign because of the kind of abuse he got,” Amokachi said.
“He wasn’t pained about the abuse directed at him but took offense when his family was involved.
“This made him come to the decision to resign because he believes his family doesn’t deserve such abuse. He felt why he should sacrifice his life for a country that doesn’t show him love.
“Quality-wise you need Ighalo on the field 120 percent and by the special grace he will still wear the number nine Jersey for Nigeria.”
Ighalo has been touted to make a return to the Super Eagles after retiring from international football immediately after the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, in Egypt.
If he eventually returns, Ighalo will face competition from in-form Lille forward, Victor Osimhen, who has stepped into his role since he left the side.
He will also add experience and goal threat to coach Gernot Rohr as Nigeria prepares for the AFCON in 2021 and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
The former Watford striker’s loan deal at Manchester United was recently extended by parent club Shanghai Shenhua until January 2021.
The 30-year-old former Super Eagles forward has scored four goals in eight appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils this season before football was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic in mid-March.
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