Nigerian striker, Odion Ighalo, has debunked reports making the rounds that he has rescinded his decision to retire from the Super Eagles.
After helping the Eagles to a third-placed finish at this just concluded Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, Ighalo announced on social media that he was quitting the team.
Amaju Pinnick, Nigeria Football Federation president, in an interview with a journalist in Egypt, stated that Ighalo had reversed his decision and will continue with his international career.
“I have had a chat with him and he has reversed this decision. He has been under a lot of pressure from his Chinese club. But everything is now fine and he shall continue with the national team,” Pinnick was quoted as saying.
But Ighalo, who finished top scorer at the 2019 AFCON with five goals, in a separate interview, said his decision still stands.
“My decision to retire from the Super Eagles stands. But the NFF President has spoken to me, to reverse the retirement. Out of respect, for him and his position, I have had to listen to him. But I have not changed my position yet.
“I was supposed to have retired after the FIFA World Cup in Russia, after which I received a lot of attacks. But I kept going until the AFCON and this, I decided, was going to be my last tournament for Nigeria.
“I’ve been out for more than two months and my club in China has not been happy. As I speak, I am on the treatment table trying to get myself fit… This decision to retire from the national team was taken in conjunction with my family.
Ighalo added that If he was going to reverse his retirement, he would need to consult with his family and club side.
He said the NFF president had misunderstood him when they had the discussion, saying he never told Pinnick he had reverse his decision.