International Football legend Kanu Nwankwo Tries To Talk Ighalo Into not Retiring From International Football

Super Eagles Legend, Nwankwo Kanu, has called on Odion Ighalo to reverse his decision to retire from international football.

Ighalo retired from the Super Eagles, after helping the team win bronze at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

The 30-year-old signed a six-month loan deal with Manchester United in January and it appears he is very much in form. 

Kanu has called for Man United’s sticker to be included in Gernot Rohr’s plans again.

Nigeria needs every good player no matter where they are playing or their age.

If he performs in Manchester United, we will ask him to come back and tell him to forget what he said.

This is football and we have to watch and see how the situation would unfold. Not just Ighalo, Nigeria need whoever is in form,” he told

There were rumours that Ighalo decided to call it quits for International football, after the heckling he and his family received from football fans, since Nigeria’s 2-1 loss to Argentina at the 2018 World Cup.

Ighalo missed two chances to score in the final group fixture, as the Eagles failed to make it into the Round of 16 in Russia.

Writing on Instagram on Friday night, the Shanghai Shenhua striker admitted he consulted with his family, before deciding to retire.

“This is one of the most difficult career decisions I have had to take.

It’s been an amazing 5 years journey, but after due consultation and extensive discussion with my family I have decided it’s time for me to retire from the national team(International Football).

“It has been an eventful and most memorable opportunity to serve my country with pride, passion and to contribute my quota to the development of our football, the memories would stay with me for a long time and I’m immensely grateful.

“It is now time to concentrate on club football and give the younger players chance to learn and grow.

I would love to thank the NFF, coach Gernot Rohr for believing in me against all odds, to my teammates for their professionalism and team spirit, without you guys I wouldn’t have achieved so much with this team.

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