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Rohr recalls Ighalo, names Ndidi, 22 others for Liberia, Cape Verde ties

By Christian Okpara
02 November 2021   |   4:22 am
Super Eagles’ Manager, Gernot Rohr, yesterday, named Saudi Arabia-based striker, Odion Ighalo, among players to prosecute the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Liberia and Cape Verde.

Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo celebrates.REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham

Super Eagles’ Manager, Gernot Rohr, yesterday, named Saudi Arabia-based striker, Odion Ighalo, among players to prosecute the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Liberia and Cape Verde.

Ighalo, who was the highest goal scorer at the Egypt 2019 African Cup of Nations, retired from international football immediately after Nigeria’s 1-0 defeat of Tunisia to win the AFCON bronze medal in Egypt.

There had been speculations that the former Manchester United star was being lured to return to the Eagles by both Rohr and top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

Ighalo’s return is expected to boost Eagles attack, which currently boasts Victor Osimhen, Kelechi Iheanacho, Paul Onuachu and Ahmed Musa.

Team captain, Ahmed Musa, deputy captain, William Ekong, Kenneth Omeruo and Leon Balogun, Wilfred Ndidi and Alex Iwobi are also in. Also in the team are Moses Simon and Victor Osimhen, as well as 16 others for Nigeria’s closing Group C games of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 African race against Liberia and Cape Verde this month.
 
The Super Eagles will tackle the Lone Star of Liberia at the Grand Stade Tangier in Morocco on November 13 and then fly into Lagos for the final group game against Cape Verde’s Blue Sharks at the Teslim Balogun Stadium on November 16.
 
Leicester City of England’s midfield enforcer Wilfred Ndidi, who missed the last round of games home-and-away against Central African Republic, is back in the trough, just as fellow Premiership boy Alex Iwobi and Spain-based forward Samuel Chukwueze.
 
The invited players and overseas-based members of the technical crew are to report directly to the city of Tangier on November 8, while technical officials from Nigeria are to report in Tangier the same day.