Manchester United loanee, Odion Ighalo, has revealed the reasons why he called it quit on representing the Super Eagles of Nigeria on the international stage.
Speaking to award winning Ghanaian journalist, Nana Aba anamoah on Instagram, Ighalo revealed how his health and club career propelled him to retire from international football.
I got injured in the third place game with Tunisia, in the first half I pulled my hamstring, I have been having problems on that hamstring even before the tournament.
Ighalo was representing Chinese Super League outfit, Shanghai Greenland Shenhua, before making a January deadline day move to his dream club, Manchester United.
But before then, the journey from China to Nigeria was one which troubled Ighalo, and the fact that younger talents kept springing up for Nigeria, encouraged him even more to hang his boots;
I needed to stop because it is too long from China to Nigeria for national team duties, I am not getting young again and we have lot of young exciting players coming up, Victor Osimhen doing so well, Iwobi and Chukwueze are there.
I thought about it, this is the right time for me to leave.
It was a difficult decision because I love playing for my country, it’s a country that gave me everything I have today so anytime I was called upon to play for my country it was a joy to play.
That decision was difficult but I had to do it for my health, for me to play longer in my club career, then I had to stop traveling very far.