The Nigerian Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick is keen on persuading a former Manchester United player to play AFCON with the Super Eagles.
President Amaju Pinnick has been craving to see former Manchester United star Odion Ighalo play for the national team at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
Recall that Ighalo won the top scorer prize at the 2019 AFCON, afterwards he announced his retirement from international duty.
As a matter of fact, the former Flying Eagles captain has been spectacular in the new season for his club Al-Shabab in the Saudi Pro League. Ighalo has racked eight goals in nine appearances in Saudi Arabia.
Is there Hope for Ighalo to Play for the Super Eagles as NFF President begs ex-Man Utd star to play AFCON
Though the ex-Man United forward ended his international career early, Pinnick still believes that he might be able to convince the 32-year-old.
All that the chief wants is Ighalo to take part in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers and AFCON. “I had a long conversation with Odion Ighalo. Personally, I believe we need experience in our attack to combine with our energetically youthful Osimhen, Onuachu, Kelechi et al,” Pinnick said in a press release.
Ighalo’s ideal replacement, Victor Osimhen has impressed those from his nation, with seven goals and six assists in ten competitive games. Nigeria will begin their AFCON campaign with a tough game against Egypt on January 11 next year.