Nigerian forward, Odion Ighalo, has announced his retirement following the Super Eagle’s third placed victory over Tunisia on night at Egypt 2019.
Ighalo, who is the highest goal scorer in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, informed coach Gernot Rohr of his decision before leaving to join his club in China immediately after the game.
“He had discussed his decision with the coach before the third-place match, saying that the constant abuse was taking a toll on his young family but he was advised to keep it under wraps for the moment. After the game, he gave his jersey as a souvenir to the coach, said his goodbyes and left,” a source stated.
Prior to the game, the 30-year-old posted a message on his WhatsApp status update that simply said “Final Game”.
“He has been very strong for us,” Rohr said, “And it is sad that he wants not to continue.
“But the door always is open for him any time.”
Ighalo, something of a late bloomer, made his senior debut for Nigeria in 2015 as the Super Eagles lost 1-0 to Uganda in a friendly.
He made 35 appearances for Nigeria, scoring 16 goals.
He was also top scorer through the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers with four goals and he could also finish the tournament as top scorer having scored five in Egypt.
How Odion Ighalo Was Kicked Off Training By Man Utd Women’s Team Because They Didn’t Recognise Him
Nigerian footballer Odion Ighalo was reportedly booted off the training ground by the University of Manchester women’s team after they could not recognise the 30-year-old new club signing.
Ighalo joined Man United in a shocking deal that pulled the storm across the world on the deadline day of January transfer market.
In what appeared to be his second stint in the EPL, the Nigerian striker sealed a dream move to Old Trafford from the Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua.
But unfortunately, he could join the rest of his new teammates who travelled to Spain to enjoy their winter break due to heightened border restriction following the outbreak of Coronavirus.
The striker was left in England where he was training alone ahead of his debut against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
More facts have now emerged on how Ighalo was booted off by Man United University’s women team because he was not recognised.
According to UK Sun, the women players could not recognise the 30-year-old striker as their club’s new signing and ordered him to leave their training arena.
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It took the intervention of the support staff, who explained Ighalo’s identity before the AFCON 2019 Golden Boot winner was allowed to take his routine.
The tension was doused down by Ighalo’s familiarity stunt which ended with the women team taking selfie picture with the former Nigerian international.
“Nobody knew who this guy was and there was a bit of back and forth between them. The girls were pretty feisty about him being on their pitch,” an eyewitness said.
Fernandes Shines As Man Utd Demolish Watford
Bruno Fernandes scored his first goal for Manchester United and set up two others as he helped the Red Devils down Watford 3-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Fernandes had shown glimpses of his talent in Monday’s defeat of Chelsea but the Portuguese came to life this time round, with a show of desire and grit that spurred his side to victory.
A sluggish first half looked as if it would end goalless but Old Trafford sprung into life shortly before half time when Fernandes opened his account in a United shirt from the penalty spot.
After a swift attack, the Portugal international got through on goal and was clipped by Foster in the box after taking the ball away from the goalkeeper, before finishing the spot-kick into the bottom right corner.
Watford started the second half better and Troy Deeney thought he had equalised, only for VAR to chalk off his effort for handball.
United took advantage of their one-goal lead being allowed to stand by adding a second of their own through Anthony Martial, who chipped the ball over Foster after a Fernandes through-ball.
A one-two between Fernandes then set up Mason Greenwood for United’s third, but Watford did have late chances, with Gerard Deulofeu’s effort hit the top of the post.
Wilder Lands In Hospital After Brutal Defeat To Fury
Deontay Wilder has been rushed to hospital after his defeat to Tyson Fury in their heavyweight title rematch.
The 34-year-old American boxer suffered the first professional defeat of his career as he was knocked down twice before his defeat to his British rival, 31, in the seventh round of the clash in Las Vegas on Sunday morning.
The fight was ended amid concerns of a burst eardrum, after blood was seen coming out from Wilder’s left ear and mouth.
After the bout, Fury was crowned WBC heavyweight champion but Wilder missed his post-fight press conference as he was rushed to a nearby hospital for a further check-up after being seen getting his ear stitched in his dressing room.
His trainer, Jay Deas, took his place in the press conference and said: “He had a small cut inside the ear which may have affected his equilibrium so he’s going to get some stitches.
“That’s the extent of it; it was a gruelling fight against a gruelling fighter. This will give him some time to enjoy his family and rest up.”