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Soccer News of Wednesday, 1 December 2021


I was offered Osimhen’s No. 9 shirt on Super Eagles return – Ighalo

Super Eagles strikers Odion Ighalo and Victor Osimhen Super Eagles strikers Odion Ighalo and Victor Osimhen

Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo has said he was offered the number 9 jersey by some top NFF officials on his return to the team.

The Al Shabab striker, however, noted that he rejected the offer and requested a different shirt number.

The number 9 shirt is currently won by Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen who is likely to miss the AFCON in Cameroon due to injury.

Ighalo made the revelation in an interview with ESPN.

The former Manchester United made a comeback to the Super Eagles in the stale 1-1 draw against Cape Verde in the final Group match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos.

He said, “A top NFF official told me I could have the number nine jersey back, and I told him no.

“I had left it. Osimhen is using it now and coming back, I’m going to play with any jersey number.”

“I told them to give me any jersey available. I can play with my bare skin for Nigeria, I’m a patriotic Nigerian. If it means me playing without a shirt in this team, I’m going to play. It’s not the shirt that score the goals.”

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