The Nigeria Football Federation have said that the Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, is at liberty to determine the future of former striker, Odion Ighalo, as he hints on a return to the team, Sports Extra reports.
Ighalo helped Nigeria clinch her eight bronze at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after the Eagles edged Tunisia 1-0 in the third-place game.
He had been subjected to abuse following a less than stellar performance at the World Cup in 2018, which went as far as death threats to the player and his family.
“Nobody sent Ighalo away from the team. If the coach thinks he can feature in his plans, then it is the coach’s prerogative to take the decision on that,” NFF spokesman, Ademola Olajire told Sports Extra.
Olajire also added that the Franco-German will be left to make a decision on whether Nigeria Professional Football League player deserves an invitation or not.
“There’s nothing like imposing NPFL players on the coach. He is at liberty to pick his players,” he said.