The 30-year-old striker ,Odion Ighalo announced he would no longer play for the Super Eagles, after Nigeria finishing as top scorer at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Edo state Born and former Watford player said he made the decision so as “to concentrate on club football and give the younger players the chance to learn and grow.”
The Manchester United striker also made the decision because injuries were taking a toll on his body as well as the distance from China to Nigeria.
Ighalo felt there are exciting young players in the national team, that could step up in his absence. Players like Victor Osimhen doing so well, Iwobi and Chukwueze are there.
I thought about it, this is the right time for me to leave,” Ighalo told Ghanaian journalist, Nana Aba anamoah via Instagram Live.
“I got injured in the third place game with Tunisia; in the first half, I pulled my hamstring. I had been having problems on that hamstring even before the tournament.
The Ekpoma born player came under huge criticisms when Nigeria were eliminated from the Russia 2018 World Cup after missing a glaring chance against Argentina which could have given the Super Eagles’ victory.
Ighalo ranks as the seventh all-time highest goalscorer for Nigeria, with 16 goals in 35 matches.