Just days after former Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi retired, Odion Ighalo has joined suit in retiring from international football with Nigeria.
The former Super Eagles striker who ended his international career with 15 goals in 34 appearances confirmed his retirement via his instagram page.
This is one of the most difficult career decisions I have had to take. It’s been an amazing 5 years journey, but after due consultation and extensive discussion with my family, I have decided it’s time for me to retire from the National team.
It’s has been an eventful and most memorable opportunity to serve my country with pride, passion and to contribute my quota to the development of our football, the memories would stay with me for a long time and I’m immensely grateful. It is now time to concentrate on Club football and give the younger players chance to learn and grow.
I would love to thank the NFF, coach Gernot Rohr for believing in me against all odds,to my teammates for their professionalism and team spirit without you guys I wouldn’t have achieved so much with this team.
To NIGERIAN football fans all over the world,I SAY THANK YOU, you were always there to cheer us on and our 12th players every time we step into the pitch. I will be watching and cheering the SUPER EAGLES from this side. THANK YOU…..signing OUT.
Odion Ighalo ended his international career on a high note by winning the golden boot and the bronze medal with the Super Eagles at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).