Super Eagles boss Gernot Rohr has added the name of Al Shabab forward, Odion Ighalo, among the forwards who will play in the group stages of the World Cup qualifiers for Nigeria.
Sources close to the coach revealed that Ighalo, who quit the team in 2019, is open to the idea of returning to the team.
And Rohr has penciled him down for the first qualifiers in June but could leave him out till subsequent games owing to the fine form of the forwards in the team at the moment.
The coach is banking on the trio of Kelechi Iheanacho, Paul Onuachu and Victor Osimhen to provide the goals but if one of the trio is missing, he will bring back Ighalo to add some experience to the squad, according to Owngoalnigeria.com.
“I can tell you that Ighalo is in the 50-man list for the World Cup qualifiers but his inclusion will depend on injuries to one of the trio of Osimhen, Iheanacho and Onuachu. They are his preferred trio,” a close associate of the coach disclosed.
“If any of them is absent then for experience sake, he will instead invite Ighalo.
“The other guys doing well like Sadiq Umar and Terem Moffi have no experience at this level and in World Cup qualifiers it matters.
“Simy Nwankwo’s case is a bit different because the team has moved on but he will still get his chance.”
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