“It was difficult quit” Odion Ighalo, the super Eagles Ex-Super Eagles striker, acknowledged that it was difficult to leave the national team, but added that he had to make the decision after agreeing a contract with Shanghai Shenhua from the Chinese side.
Ighalo stated this during an Instagram interview with a Ghanaian journalist.
“The Ex-striver, Ighalo helped Nigeria to a third-place finish at the 2019 AFCON in Egypt as tournament’s top scorer with five goals, but the 31-year-old announced his retirement from the team shorty afterwards.
According to him, said “I needed to stop because it is too long from China to Nigeria for national team duties.
“I’m not getting younger and we have a lot of young exciting players coming up, Victor Osimhen doing so well, Alex Iwobi and Samuel Chukwueze are there. I thought about it, this is the right time for me to leave.
Ighalo further stressed that, “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 have to do it for my health, for me to play longer in my club, so I had to stop travelling very far.”