Super Eagles returnee Odion Ighalo has won the West Asia player of the month of October after his impressive performance for his Saudi Arabia club, Al-Shabab.
Al-Shabab confirmed the win on their Instagram page before the Nigerian international also reshared on his social media pages.
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Ighalo has scored nine goals in 11 league games for Al-Shabab this season, with four coming in October.
Recall that Ighalo was recalled to the Super Eagles for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Liberia and Cape Verde later this month by Gernot Rohr, more than two years after he retired from international football.
Hulk of Brazil notched goals upon goals and award upon award when playing for SIPG yet Brazil never brought him in place of their emerging team. What position has Ighalo helped is team to achieve since moving to the Saudi club? All the propaganda is just to justify his invitation over Awoniyi and co. Una don win make the real deal arrive we hope he will not miss open net and Nigeria loose out again when it matters.
No be only west Asia na east Cambodia.
Congratulations Odion Ighalo.. Gernot Rohr after all knows his onions.No reasonable coach would go to war without the best materials available.A few days from now i’m sure peoples reaction to your invitation will change
Congratulations Odion Ighalo
Congratulations Odion Ighalo
Ighalo continues to show that he reserves the hunger for the game as his appetite for scoring goals remainings as voracious as ever.
This week, it was rumoured that coach Gernot Rohr placed Russia based Brian Idowu, 29 years old, on standby should left fullback Jamilu Collins fail to be fit for the November games due to a minor knock.
This speculation came as a shock to many as it would suggest that Idowu sits above Rangers flamboyant fullback Calvin Bassey in the Super Eagles pecking order of left fullbacks.
Whatever happened to Ebuehi who played that role with distinction on the lead to the 2018 world cup and is currently playing well bin the Italy Serie A?
For a coach that touts his “young” team, it is curiously counterintuitive to have overlooked young exciting strikers in mainstream Europe for a pensioner in the Middle East (a trend that would have continued if an older Idowu was indeed invited instead of a younger Bassey – all that is academic for now as Collins recovered and is already in camp).
For a coach who claims Nigeria cannot win the world cup because we don’t have enough players playing for glamorous clubs in glamorous leagues Europe, dropping Awoniyi and overlooking Dessers or Umar in favour of Ighalo seems to fly in the face of the Rohr’s own theory.
But, it is results that matter ultimately. And the Ighalo I watch on occasions this season still very much looks sharp in front of goal. I have no doubt that Ighalo has it in him to be potentially impactful for the Super Eagles in months to come.
In truth, Rohr never really accepted Ighalo’s (and Victor Moses’) resignation. The door was always open if he changed his mind. But the way we were led to believe, Ighalo didn’t change his mind unilaterally, he was approached and asked to come back. Come back at a time we have great precocious young strikers itching to write their names in the stars for Nigeria.
It is clear that Ighalo seems to have unfinished business with the Super Eagles as his boss (Rohr) indicates that the job of the striker is not done yet!
So long as he retains his drive and determination, Ighalo might yet settle the dust surrounding his invitation and return with key goals for Nigeria.
Will that placate many fans? I doubt it. His goals in the 2019 Afcon qualifiers and the Afcon itself was not enough to appease many fans (including myself) who were only relieved when he announced his retirement at the end of the tournament.
However well does this time around, the reaction and reception will most likely be the same: ‘thanks for your service to fatherland but we are not altogether too unhappy to see you go!’
Another wonderful feat, Odion. Congratulations! Meanwhile, when are you arriving Super Eagles camp?
@Oseodion the one on NFF payroll. Guy you see you ehn. Only God nows that NFF will be sanitized very soon Divine intervention is what we will see God will make it so. In Jesus name.
What concerns NFF in Ighalo Grabs West Asia Player Of The Month Award? Simply say congratulations Odion Ighalo!!! Na wa o, has it gotten to that? Please read and comprehend. Even at that, NFF has done well an should there be any corrupt practices against NFF , say it load and I confirmed, I will be at the forefront lambasting it. For now, I could go reeling out NFF’achivements.
1. Development programmes are going on
2. Training annd course for trainers are being organized with resultant effects spiralling.
3. Financial discipline has been emplaced since Amaju Pinnick era.
4. String revolution in football that sees our lad competing for positions. I have relevant links.
Fooooools, why bring the old man back when there are a lot of young nigerian boys doing well in attacking positions in Europe, backward mentality that is our bane….
@CSN campaigning for Ighalo again SMH!!!!.
You forget we know the league that is. When he can do that in EPL with Ronaldo and Cavani in the same team. Even just EPL Then we can talk. . When his mates at 32 are still pushing thier legacy and testing themselves he is chasing ego in Market League with Oil billionaires why not show us progress of our up and coming stars. Give them a pat on the back. Again Rubbish journalism
All Nigerians are coaches. A general is going to war and requested for armounitions that suits him to win the battle then people who their cry has no effects will start crying. Enough on Ighalo invitation. I think we should look for something more important to talk about. This young man has proved himself to be a dependable striker in this nation. I know that average Nigerian don’t remember yesterday. What they are interested in is what is happening now.
@Àugustine Olumoye then do yourself a favour and cast your mind to world Cup 2018 against Argentina Yesterday as you put it. What about Algeria vs Nigeria semi final AFCON.. So maybe me and you are different but taking into Ighalo Age and the trajectory of his club career now, coupled with the fact that he committed all this blunders when he was stronger younger and muuch quicker. as opposed to a Younger passion driven No ((Osimhen) the type of player if we are too be honest with ourselves Nigeria have not had a player like this EVER!!!!!. SO yes excuse of for wanting to see what this boy can give. Coupled with Awoniyi form in Germany can you not see that these boys are in the process of raising the attacking standard of SE. or are you just to stubborn to reason like that.