Controversy has trailed the invitation of Changchun Yatai of China striker, Odion Jude Ighalo to the Super Eagles for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Libya.
Ighalo has failed to show top form during national team games and according to footballlive.ng, critical comments are now trailing his inclusion in the latest list of invitees for the Libya game.
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr argues that Ighalo is still in top form with his club, and even bagged his 18th goal of the Chinese Super League season last weekend, but critics insist the striker is a letdown when he spots the green-and-white jersey.
Ighalo was on target when the Eagles’ 3-0 won away to Seychelles in the previous match of the AFCON 2019 qualifiers, which could substantiate Rohr’s faith in him.
However, the counter-argument is that most of Ighalo’s goals of recent, including the one against Seychelles and last weekend in China, have come from penalties, which observers insist puts a question on his abilities in an open play.
Let’s wait and see if Ighalo will prove his critics wrong when he lines out against Libya on October 13 in Uyo, since he is Rohr’s sacred cow for a starting role.
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