Bosso: Eagles Still Need Ighalo, I’ll Convince Him To Rescind Retirement Decision

Bosso: Eagles Still Need Ighalo, I’ll Convince Him To Rescind Retirement Decision

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


Ladan Bosso

“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

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  • Ololo 5 years ago

    Was it not sia1 who took ighalo to FIFA u 20 World Cup

    • Simon 5 years ago

      No it was ladan Bosso no wonder Ighalo became good at missing sitters this coach is a bad coach and his style of players are awful like himself. Good pretenders or better say wobble and fumbled masters they loose it when it matters most.

    • Luke Petet 5 years ago

      Yes you are right… I think Egypt was the host and Ghana won that one. It was Sisia who took the boys there

  • Glory 5 years ago

    Just looking for a chance to get some small change from Ighalo. Awful…. Someone has retired, let him be. This is wolf in sheep skin love. Ighalo must not be fooled by all these silly calls for him to return. Many of these so called concerned faithful are not happy Ighalo left the stage with loud ovation being top scorer n in the process hetched his name in the record book. They,like cankaworm wanna eat into everything good about Ighalo. Same way they dragged Mikel to come mess his talent at AFCoN even when Mikel’s body told him he wasn’t ready. Ighalo be warned….

  • It was not Sia 1 that took Ighalo to U 20 world cup in 2009 but  Bosso 

    • It was siasia not bosso, bosso took the team of 2007 that team had uwa echiegile and brown ideye they lost to chile in the quaters

  • Omoyemi Omo Togo 5 years ago

    Sia 1 confirm and sealed.

  • Presh 5 years ago

    Can they let him be. His retired that’s it. 

  • Larry 5 years ago

    No need to convince him..
    Let him enjoy his retirement, we hare blessed with young, effective, generous and capable replacements in Osimehen, Okereke, Awoniyi, Ajayi etc..

  • Ololo 5 years ago

    I just confirmed it was actually sia1 who took igahlo to u20 world cup and not bosso , he was actually the captain of the team with players like haruna lukman, rabiu Ibrahim and others.
    The team ladan bosso took to u20 world cup was 2 years before earlier than 2009 which had brown ideye as his top 9.
    So bosso go and sit down

  • so u re the president of nigeria coaches association? so after u wake from ur sleep, for all this while of ur slumbered….just look at the area of nigerian football u re addressing.

    so ighalo retirement is the problem of super eagle right?

    if u have nothing to contribute, oya carry ya brain cum sidon f4 ya huz.

  • Chima E Samuels 5 years ago

    If Ladan Bosso is the president of naija football association then we don finish. I will understand if it was Coach Kadiri but not this man.

  • @Bosso go and knee down in front of ighalo to convince him.

  • Abdul ANDAH 5 years ago

    Guy pls don’t mixed it up! Siasia only took Nigeria u20 to 2005 world in Holland that was Mikel set, including: TAYE ismaila taiwo,late adefemi olubayo,Monday james,Ambrose vanzekin,Daniel akpeyi,onyekachi apam,chenedu obasi ogbuke, Solomon okoronkwo and many others.The flying eagles came second in that tournament behind Messi’s inspired Argentina. Not sia1 it is actually Ladan Bosso in 2009.

    • Tancosports 5 years ago

      Go check your facts right, sia took Nigeria U20 team to Holland in 2005 and Egypt 2009 respectively. Ladan bosso.

    • Why is this still being argued? I still remember well how Haruna Lukman’s incredible blunder led to Nigeria being knocked Nigeria out. It was hosted in Egypt and SiaSia handled that Nigerian team (as well as the 2005 set). Ghana won the competition (first for Africa) with the likes of Dede Ayew and some other youngsters who went on to form the bulk of Ghana’s young national team at Afcon 2010 in Angola.

  • Abdul ANDAH 5 years ago

    Super eagles coaching crew should Thrust in Osimehn,Chuba Akpom along with Cyriel dessers of Heracles Almelo. these are born goal poachers .I really believe that with support of wingers in the mode of Samuel CHUKWUEZE, Samuel KALU, onyekuru HENRY,Ademola LOOKMAN, Ahmed MUSA and SEYI OJO.

    with the complement of midfielders in the names of: Wilfred NDIDI, Oghenkaro ETEBO,Agu MIKEL,Azubbuike OKECHUKWU,Alex IWOBI and Joe ARIBO of Rangers of Scotland , Super eagles will be a team to beat in many years to come.

  • TUNDE 5 years ago

    Nice one Abdul Andah
    NFF,Rohr,Nigerian,pls allow this young lads to get chance to play.After all he quit S.E hoping dat he wi see better offer after bcom AFCON highest scorer but no offer.
    Pls try C.Desser,Bonaventure, D.Okereke,Akpom

  • Rhor row row your boat out of Nigeria.
    Thank you for your service.

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