Amaju Pinnick, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has hinted that Odion Ighalo may return to the Super Eagles.
Pinnick revealed this in a lengthy post on his official Instagram account.
Ighalo left the Eagles after assisting on the team’s third-place performance in the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt, where he was named top scorer with five goals.
The 32-year-old has been in excellent form for Saudi Arabia’s top division team this season, scoring eight goals in nine league appearances.
With Kelechi Iheanacho later joining them, Pinnick discusses the hangout he and his family had at Wilfred Ndidi’s home in Leicester.
He also disclosed that he paid a visit to Oghenekaro Etebo, who is injured, and Ademola Lookman, who is ready to play for Nigeria.
“Over the weekend, I spent valuable time in Leicester with Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho. I went with my wife and three of my children, all of whom are on half-term vacation. Our visit was purely personal and not official. Wilfred is recovering from an injury that has kept him out for nearly 5 weeks, and as a key player for the Super Eagles, we cannot afford to take any chances in our final two games. Ndidi has been an important, dedicated, and enthusiastic member of the Super Eagles.
“The good news is that his second scan came back very positive, which means he may begin training with his team and possibly participate in their next game.” Dinma, his wife, was an excellent hostess, and their daughter was adorable. Kelechi quickly joined us and kept us laughing until we departed.
“Wilfred and Kelechi, thank you very much for everything you’ve done for my family. I also paid a visit to Oghenekaro Etebo, who is known as Afaras in Warri. He is also recovering well, but will most likely miss the next two World Cup qualifiers, as well as the Nations Cup. Most importantly, he should recuperate completely and rejoin the team by His Grace. His family was friendly and welcoming. As two proud Warri ‘guys,’ we spent valuable time together and understood every word said. He has a fantastic spirit and is in the correct frame of mind.
“I had a long conversation with Alex Lwobi, who is ecstatic to play in those crucial games. Ademola Lookman is looking forward to competing for a Super Eagles shirt. Nigeria is his favorite country. We will complete the changeover very soon, by His Grace.
“I had a long discussion with Odion Lghalo, and I believe we need experience in our assault to complement our energetically youthful Osimhen, Onuachu, Kelechi, and others.
“The body language of Odion is really positive. We’ve also spoken with his representatives and club. The atmosphere is quite positive heading into these final two games, as well as the AFCON.
“WE THANK THE ALL-POWERFUL GOD FOR EVERYTHING.”