Ighalo’s return excites Osimhen

Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen said he is delighted to see Odion Ighalo return to the national team’s fold.

The 32-year-old Ighalo retired from national team duties immediately after the AFCON 2019 in Egypt where he helped Nigeria claim the bronze medal and also winning the golden boot with five goals.

Speaking yesterday after the team’s evening training session in Tangier ahead of their crucial World Cup qualifying clash against the Lone Star of Liberia on Saturday, the Napoli hitman said Ighalo’s return would boost the team adding that he trusts the decision of the football federation and coaching staff to invite the Al Shabab striker.

“Ighalo’s return is good for the team,” Osimhen said. “I believe the coaches and the federation know what is best for the team. We welcome his return with open arms and we are looking forward to receiving him in the camp. Like I said before, Ighalo is like a big brother to me and I have learnt a lot from him.”

The 22-year-old added that he is fully fit after returning to the Parthenopeans starting line-up in their 1-1 draw with Hellas Verona on Sunday. A muscle strain in training after their 3-0 win against Bologna on October 28 saw him miss two matches – the 1-0 Serie A win against Salernitana and the 4-1 win against Legia Warsaw in the Europa League.

 

Meanwhile, Leicester City star Wilfred Ndidi has assured Nigerians that the team is working hard to ensure they come out victorious at the Grand Stade de Tanger on Saturday.

“We are just trying to prepare for the game, get all the tactics, learning from the mistakes and taking them into the game,” Ndidi stated. “We the players know what we want, Nigerians should just keep supporting us.”

“We hope for the best because we have been working very hard hopefully we would come out victorious.” he added.