Striker Odion Ighalo has returned to Super Eagles 2 years after his prior retirement from international football. He arrived camp Thurs 11Nov2021 and expressed delight to return to the Super Eagles after more than 2 years.
Ighalo retired from the Nigerian senior football team after helping Super Eagles to 3rd-place at the 2019 AFCON in Egypt, where he emerged top scorer. The former Watford goaleador is currently in very good form at Al-Shabab in Saudi Arabia.
Nigeria needs all 3 points from the upcoming match, to stay in contention for the World Cup qualifiers knockouts in March 2022. Only group winners will proceed to the knockout stage to produce Africa’s 5 flag bearers in Qatar.
Nigeria reached the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals with one match to spare, which was repeated in the qualifying series of the 2019 AFCON. For the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon, Super Eagles qualified with 2 matches to spare.
Nigeria already has 9 points which is the maximum the Liberian Lone Stars can get if they win their last 2 matches. However, Super Eagles also have a home game against 2nd-placed Cape Verde in Lagos on Tues 16Nov2021.