Super Eagles Head Coach, Gernot Rohr, has indicated that Odion Ighalo may return to the team’s line-up for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
Ighalo had announced his retirement in 2019, shortly after picking up the golden boot at the AFCON in Egypt.
But speaking in an interview, Rohr said Ighalo’s presence will inject experience and help guide the vast array of attacking players the team has.
“We have so many strikers. The competition is so big. We have Onuachu, Osimhen, Kelechi. We have also perhaps the comeback of Ighalo. It could be interesting also. We have Sadiq Umar,” Rohr told Elegbete TV.
“When you look at the age of all these players they’re all young, we need a little experience. If Ighalo would perhaps, I don’t know if it’s possible for the moment, come back, these players could have a big help from Ighalo.
“They can learn from his professionalism. He’s a great professional and a big example for everybody and he’s also a great goal scorer. We’re very young in the attack, it’ll be great to have more experience.”
The Franco-German tactician also hinted he might not be inviting new players as the national team prepares for the World Cup qualifiers which begin next month.
He added that he still has to assess some strikers such as Crotone striker, Simeone Nwankwo; and Sadiq Umar of Almeria.
He said: “You know that I invited Simy already for the last World Cup and he was with us in Russia and he came in sometimes.
“Now we have so many strikers, unfortunately, we cannot play with five centre forwards. When you see the centre forwards we have already, the competition is so big that it’s not easy for anybody to come to our team.
“We have Onuachu, we have Osimhen, we have Kelechi who scored and going to the final of the FA Cup, we have also perhaps the comeback of Ighalo, it could be interesting also, we have Sadiq Umar who I invited, I wanted to see him for the first time last time but his club did not release him.
“Sadiq deserves also a chance – one of the best centre forwards in Spain actually.
“Simy I know him very well, and so I didn’t have to invite him again to know how he is.
“The last matches were the last opportunity also for me to see some new players because now we go to the World Cup and now will be too late to make experimentation.
“I know already Simy very well; he is a very good player.”