Super Eagles forward, Odion Jude Ighalo, whose goal helped Nigeria to beat Tunisia 1-0 in the 2019 African Cup of Nations third place playoff, on Friday night joined his counterpart, John Mikel Obi to officially announce his retirement from international football.
It could be recalled that after the game against Tunisia, the striker told coach Gernot Rohr of his decision before the match, gave his jersey as a souvenir to the coach, said his goodbyes and left to join his club in China immediately.
The 30-year-old posted a message on his WhatsApp status update that simply said “Final Game” and later this morning, he took to his Instagram account to officially announce his retirement.
The message reads;
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