World Cup Race: “I Am Happy To Be Back” – Odion Ighalo Says As He Rejoins Eagles Camp In Tangier
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By Amaechi Agbo
Returnee Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo has expressed delight on his return to the Super Eagles setup after more than two years hiatus.
Ighalo expressed joy as he joined the camp in Tangier, Morocco ahead of the team’s all-important 2022 World Cup qualifier against Lone Star of Liberia on Saturday.
The 32-year Old who was recalled to the team after over two years of retirement rejoined the team on Thursday after days of waiting.
Super Eagles camp opened on Monday.
Ighalo who was conspicuously elated in rejoining the team he retired from since 2019 said he looked forward to meeting the entire teammates in camp.
“I am happy to be back. It has been long. Two years plus. Good to see some of the guys.
“I have seen Ekong my strong man, hopefully I will see the other guys,” the Al Shabab striker told NFF TV.
Ighalo joined the camp on Thursday afternoon.
The former Manchester United striker retired from the Nigerian senior national football team after helping the Super Eagles to a third-place finish at the 2019 AFCON in Egypt where he emerged as the top scorer.
The former Watford goal king has been enjoying a good run of form in Saudi Arabia where he plays for Al Shabab, who are presently second on the log in the Pro League, two points behind table-toppers Al-Ittihad
The 23 players in camp include; Odion Ighao, Victor Osimhen, Maduka Okoye, Daniel Akpeyi, Paul Onuachu, William Troost-Ekong, Ola Aina, Kevin Akpoguma, Wilfred Ndidi, Jamilu Collins, and Alex Iwobi.
Others are: Chidera Ejuke, Frank Onyeka, Kelechi Iheanacho, Ahmed Musa, Chidozie Awaziem, Samuel Chukwueze, Kenneth Omeruo, Moses Simon, Zaidu Sanusi, Shehu Abdullahi, Leon Balogun and Jo Aribo.
Still being expected to join the team on Friday is Enyimba International FC goalkeeper, John Noble who was a late call-up to the squad after Francis Uzoho pulled out due to injury.
The Liberia and Nigeria matchday 5 clash will kick-off by 5pm at the Grand Stade de Tanger Stadium located in the city of Tangier, Northern Morocco.