Ighalo quits football after winning golden boots


Super Eagles star striker, Odion Ighalo has hanged his boots, after winning the Golden Boot Award at the just concluded 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Ighalo made the announcement via his Instagram page on Saturday morning.

“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,” Ighalo posted on his Instagram page.

“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 in club football and give the younger players chance to learn and grow. I would love to thank NFF, coach Gernot Rohr for believing in me against all odds, to my team mates for their professionalism and team spirit without you guys I wouldn’t have achieved so much with this team. To NIGERIA football fans all over the world, I SAY THANK YOU, you were always there to cheer us on and our 13th players everytime we step into the pitch. I will be watching and cheering the SUPER EAGLES from this side. THANK YOU……signing OUT ✍🏽🦅🇳🇬🙏🏽

His retirement from the national team stemmed from the serious abuse he suffered after Nigeria’s early exit from the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The 30-year old was blamed for the 2-1 defeat to Argentina in the Eagles last group D game in St. Petersburg.

A similar occurrence happened in the three-time African champions last group B AFCON game against Madagascar where he was faulted for not finding the back of the net in the Eagles 2-0 lost to the debutant at the African football showpiece in Alexandria.

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