Former Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo, has revealed the real reason he quit the national team after the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Shanghai Shenhua forward, on loan at Manchester United, said the long distance from China to Nigeria was taking a toll on him and he needed to call time on his career with the Eagles.
“I got injured in the third place game with Tunisia, in the first half I pulled my hamstring, I have been having problems on that hamstring even before the tournament,” The Nation quoted him as telling Ghanaian journalist Nana Aba Anamoah via Instagram Live.
“I needed to stop because it is too long from China to Nigeria for national team duties, I am not getting young again and we have lot of young exciting players coming up, Victor Osimhen doing so well, Iwobi and Chukwueze are there.
“I thought about it, this is the right time for me to leave.”
“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 am being called upon to play for my country it is 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 career, then I have to stop traveling very far.”
Ighalo scored 15 goals in 34 games for the Super Eagles.