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I’m missing Ighalo — Rohr

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Super Eagles Franc/German coach, Gernot Rohr says he’s missing Odion Ighalo in the national team, Orient Sports reports.

And Rohr would further hinted that he would have loved to have Ighalo back in the team in order to share his experience with young strikers like Victor Osimhen and Kelechi Iheanacho.

In 2019, just after AFCON tournament in Egypt, Ighalo shocked the football fraternity with news of his retirement from the senior national team.

Super Eagles won the bronze medal after defeating Tunisia in the Third Place match. It was Nigeria’s 8th bronze medal in the history of the African Cup of Nations.

He also emerged as the highest goal scorer of the competition and was named in the team of the tournament.

Although, there were media reports of his second coming to the team during the just concluded 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, however, the Gerrman tactician stuck with Osimhen and Iheanacho to qualify Nigeria to the bi-annual tournament.

Rohr noted that Ighalo’s experience and professionalism could have been a handful to his team due to his goal scoring prowess.

“The answer is simple. The answer is when you look at the age of all the players that you speak about, they are all young, and also we need experience”, Rohr said in an interview with Elegbete TV.

“And if, for example, Odion Ighalo will play with us- I don’t know if it’s possible for the moment, but perhaps if he’s coming back, I think players like Osimhenn and even Kelechi Iheanacho could have a big help in the presence of Ighalo to learn, to progress to see his professionalism.

“He’s a great professional, a big example for everybody, and he’s also a great goalscorer. We are very young, especially in the attack, and it could be good to have some more experience with us, Rohr added.

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