Erstwhile Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo has made a sensational return to the squad, more than two years after he announced his retirement as coach Gernot Rohr named him in the 23- man list for the World Cup qualifying matches against Liberia and Cape Verde.
The coach had hinted about the striker’s impending return to the team and despite huge criticism it attracted, Rohr stuck to his guns by naming the Al-Shabab Riyadh of Saudi Arabia in the squad that will face the Lone Star of Liberia at the Grand Stade Tangier in Morocco on November 13 and Cape Verde’s Blue Sharks at the Teslim Balogun Stadium on November 16.
Ighalo’s return to the team is not without casualties as the German coach dropped Union Berlin of Germany forward Taiwo Awoniyi and Samuel Kalu of Bordeaux.
The coach also welcomed Samuel Chukwueze who had been out of action since May while Wilfred Ndidi and Alex iwobi who were not part of the two-legged affairs with the central African Republic last month due to injuries are also back in the fold.
The German coach had no space for Calvin Bassey of Glasgow Rangers who won his first call up last month as Zaidu Sanusi of Porto re-took his place in the team.
Top of their pool with nine points but hotly chased by seven-pointer Cape Verde who host Central African Republic on the island of Mindelo, the Eagles need the three points against the Lone Star on the neutral turfof Morocco’s principal northern city to remain on firm ground when hosting the Blue Sharks three days later in Nigeria’s commercial and industrial capital.
The invited players and overseas-based members of the technical crew are to report directly to the city of Tangier on Monday, 8th November while technical officials from Nigeria are to report in Tangier the same day.