President of Nigeria Football Coaches Association, Ladan Bosso, has appealed to Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo to rescind his decision to retire from national team football
Bosso told Completesports.com in Abuja that he would personally speak to Ighalo – a player he took to the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup, to convince him to continue playing for the Super Eagles for a couple of years more to enable his young understudies in the natIonal team come of age.
“Ighalo can still give the Eagles two more quality years. He cannot just quit now when the country is beginning to enjoy his scoring ability that won him the golden boot at the just concluded AFCON in Egypt. Odion should stay on to allow the likes of Osimhen, Onyekuru and Onuachu to mature and take over the top striker position,” Bosso told Completesports.com
“If he leaves now, there will be a vacuum in the Super Eagles forward, especially this top striker role. I think Ighalo, at 30 years, is early to quit when he is doing very well. He can still play at top level for another two or three years, so he should stay on to help Eagles maintain the momentum that won Nigeria bronze at AFCON 2019.”
Bosso commends the Super Eagles for their third-place finish at the Afcon 2019 in Egypt, adding that the team can only improve being a young side with plenty of quality.
“With Mikel retiring, the likes of Ighalo, Omeruo, Musa and perhaps Ekong are the experienced lads the coach must keep to guide the young ones in there team.”
By Richard Jideaka, Abuja