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Nigeria Lure Ighalo Out Of Retirement

Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr has lured former Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo out of international retirement.

Ighalo called time on his career with the Super Eagles after scooping the top scorer awards in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers and 2019 AFCON finals in Egypt.

Citing the intention to create a pathway for a new generation of strikers Rohr has seemingly turned to the experience of the 32-year-old with his form in Saudi Arabia earning him the recall.

Nine goals in his last nine league games for Al-Shabab Riyadh this sees him at the summit of the scoring charts, one ahead of Cameroon striker Léandre Tawamba.

Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi has also earned the nod while captain Ahmed Musa also retains his spot in the squad.

Nigeria hold a two-point Cape Verde heading into their final two Group C matches and will look to secure their passageway to the 2021 FIFA World Cup playoffs as group winners.

Nigeria’s 24-man squad in full

Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (AC Omonia, Cyprus); Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa); Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam, The Netherlands).

Defenders: Chidozie Awaziem (Alanyaspor, Turkey); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Leon Balogun (Rangers, Scotland); William Troost-Ekong (Watford, England); Olaoluwa Aina (Torino, Italy); Jamilu Collins (Paderborn, Germany); Abdullahi Shehu (AC Omonia, Cyprus); Zaidu Sanusi (Porto, Portugal); Kevin Akpoguma (Hoffenheim, Germany).

Midfielders: Frank Onyeka (Brentford, England); Joe Aribo (Rangers, Scotland); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Alex Iwobi (Everton, England).

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Fatih Karagumruk, Turkey); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal, Spain); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Victor Osimhen (Napoli, Italy); Moses Simon (Nantes, France); Paul Onuachu (Genk, Belgium); Chidera Ejuke (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Odion Ighalo (Al-Shabab Riyadh, Saudi Arabia).

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