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Sports News of Saturday, 13 November 2021

Source: punchng.com

Ighalo’s return thrills Osimhen

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Napoli striker Victor Osimhen has expressed delight at the return of Odion Ighalo to the Super Eagles two years after the latter announced his retirement from the team, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.

Ighalo, prior to his premature retirement in 2019, finished as the top scorer in the qualifiers for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after scoring seven goals.

He followed that up by also emerging as the tournament top scorer in Egypt with five goals.

Osimhen, who took over the mantle of leading the team’s forward line in the absence of the 33-year-old, said the return of the Al Shabab star is good for the team.

“It’s good for the team. The coach and the federation know what is best for the team. We welcome him with open arms,” Osimhen said.

“He is like a big brother to me and I like him so much. I learn a lot of things from him and it is important to have him in the team.

“We all have a common goal to qualify for the World Cup and do well at the AFCON. Whatever is good for the team, I think the coach and the federation will bring it into play.”

Head coach Gernot Rohr in an interview with ESPN added, “We are happy to have Ighalo back with us, of course.

“Now he has to train with us and we (have a look at) him. Then we see how complicity works. Then we make a decision based on each individual player’s fitness level.”

“He has a lot of experience, and as I say before, he is a special player and he will help our team with his experience.”

The Eagles face the already eliminated Liberia on Saturday in Tangier, Morocco before meeting group rivals Cape Verde at home (Teslim Balogun stadium) on Tuesday in Lagos.Four points from both games would be enough to see Nigeria win the group and advance to the final round of qualifying.