NFF denies constraining Odion Ighalo's retirement.||Anyigbaleft

The Nigeria Football Federation has denied forcing striker Odion Ighalo’s retirement from the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

However, Ighalo has hinted that he has not closed the door on a return to the Super Eagles after announcing his retirement at the end of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Ighalo was top scorer at the 2019 AFCON with five goals.

As indicated by the NFF representative, Ademola Olajire, the alliance isn't behind his unexpected retirement, saying lead coach Gernot Rohr is at freedom to pick whoever he needs for the group.

“Nobody sent Ighalo away from the team. If the coach thinks he can feature in his plans, then it is the coach’s prerogative to take the decision on that,” Olajire told Sports Extra.

Olajire also denied imposing Nigerian local league players on Rohr.

“There’s nothing like imposing NPFL players on the coach. He is at liberty to pick his players,” he said.

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