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Ighalo: Why I Left The Super Eagles

Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo, who extended his loan deal with the Red Devils this week, recently discussed his reasons for not making himself available for the Nigeria national team.

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The forward made his senior debut for his country under the late Stephen Keshi in 2015, and scored 16 times in 34 matches on the international stage.

Ighalo, however, last played for Nigeria at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, explaining in a recent interview that the only reason he stopped playing for the Super Eagles was because he played in China.

"I am still in contact with (Nigeria national team coach) Gernot Rohr and (Nigeria Football Federation president) Amaju Pinnick, and they congratulated me on my loan deal," he told Brila FM.

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"I am still thinking about returning to the national team, but right now I want to concentrate on my club career.

"I left the national team because of the distance between Nigeria and China, but now that I am in Manchester, and just like life and in my career, you never can tell."

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Ighalo is still on the books of Shanghai Shenhua in the Chinese Super League, but will remain at United until January 2021.

Do you hope to see Ighalo return to the Nigeria national team one day? Let us know in the comments section below.

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