The Super Eagles coach confirmed he put the former Manchester United striker in his provisional squad because the team miss his experience, goals and leadership.
Gernot Rohr said the current Super Eagles team have a lot of youngsters and they will learn a lot from Ighalo’s presence in the team.
“I put him in the bigger provisional first list for the next games, Rohr said in a Q&A on Elegbete TV. He is doing very well at his club, and he still has the ambition to help his country. Because we miss his leadership, we miss his experience. We miss the goals he scores. He was the best scorer at the AFCON, the best scorer during the qualifiers, and I think we have so many young players, and they could learn a lot on the side of such a great player. Ighalo is a very important man. I hope that he can come back,”
Odion Ighalo retired from the Super Eagles after the 2019 Afcon Nations cup where he was the highest goal scorer and helped Nigeria to a third place finish.