Odion Ighalo Quits International Football Over Fans Abuse

Odion Ighalo Quits International Football Over Fans Abuse

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo who scored Nigeria's goal in the 1-0 win against Tunisia in the Africa Cup of Nations third-place match has quit International football.

According to ESPN sources, Ighalo informed coach Gernot Rohr of his decision after helping Nigeria clinch bronze in Egypt before departing to join his club in China.

"He had discussed his decision with the coach before the third-place match, saying that the constant abuse was taking a toll on his young family, but he was advised to keep it under wraps for the moment," the ESPN sources said.

"After the game, he gave his jersey as a souvenir to the coach, said his goodbyes and left."

Ighalo had posted a cryptic message on his WhatsApp status before the game. The 30-year-old wrote: "Final Game" moments before Nigeria's match.

"He has been very strong for us," Gernot Rohr told ESPN.

"And it is sad that he wants not to continue. But the door always is open for him any time."

The news of Ighalo's retirement is coming on the same day Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi announced he was calling it a day on his international striker.

Ighalo has been a source of goals for the Super Eagles in recent times, scoring seven goals to finish as top scorer during the qualifiers for the Nations Cup.

The big forward played 35 times for Nigeria and scored 16 goals. In Egypt, he's found the back of the net five times(2 more than his closest rivals) and could win the golden boot.

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