Super Eagles striker Ighalo denies bribing his way back into the Team reveals role his pastor played in his return

Former Manchester United striker, Odion Ighalo has revealed how his mum, pastor and Gernot Rohr influenced his return to the Super Eagles, denying claims he bribed his way back into the team.

Ighalo made his return to the Eagles in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw against Cape Verde in the 2022 World Cup qualifier.


His last appearance was at the 2019 AFCON where he emerged top scorer as the Super Eagles finish third.

Speaking on his return to the Eagles Ighalo, in an interview on NFF TV, he responded to allegations of him paying his way back and Osimhen as his worthy successor.

Read his comments below…

“I’ve been watching the team from afar they’ve been doing well. I’m happy to be back, I’m happy to see the boys again, I’m happy to give them my support whenever the coach need me I’m here and I’m back fully.

“Since the day they announced my retirement. I’ve had so many things in the internet and me I don’t pay attention to whatever negative vibes people say on social media, I’m not that kind of guy that make problem.

Since 2019 when I retire, the coach had been in communication with me to come back. I told him I don’t think I want to come back but the pressure was too much. Even before I came now the pressure was too much that I had to tell my agent to speak to the NFF president and the coach because when I signed for my club in Saudi Arabia I told them I’m not playing for the national team anymore and to get me released for this match was difficult.

So, most importantly I’m happy to be back to give my support, the coach spoke to me at length. I heard so many people like a guy in the UK who said I paid my way to the national team, I was just laughing. I have never, even when I was not in this position that I am, in my life and in my career I’ve never paid my way into the national team.

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