Super Eagles forward, Odion Jude Ighalo who announced his retirement immediately after Nigerian Super Eagles were evicted from African Cup of Nation has reiterated his decision to quit international football footballlive.ng can report.
Ighalo, the 2019 AFCON golden boot winner responded to suggestions he has retracted his avowed retirement following comments attributed to the NFF President Amaju Pinnick.
This is what @ighalojude said: “My decision to retire from the @NGSuperEagles 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 @FIFAWorldCup in Russia, after which I received a lot of attacks. But I kept going until the #AFCON2019 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.”
“If I am going to reverse my retirement, I would need to consult with my family and my club. I respect the President of @thenff, but the reversal of my retirement is certainly not one that I can take alone. I need to consult with others before I take a decision.”
“When I had my earlier conversation with @thenff President, my words were misunderstood. I never told him I had reversed my retirement. But he thought differently. I will consider the request to reverse my retirement. But no decision has been made yet,” Ighalo affirmed.