Odion Ighalo

Former Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo has confirmed he left his Middle Eastern club in January after they refused him a trip to AFCON 2021.

The Super Eagles striker was playing his football for Al Shabab in the United Arab Emirates until the club got in the way of his opportunity to represent Nigeria in Cameroon last month.

“I was not happy with them and we decided to part ways because the Nations Cup that I didn’t go to caused a lot of bad blood,” Ighalo told ESPN.

“Four hours until my flight [to Cameroon], they had not sent me the exit visa. I called the team manager, and he told me they did not get an invitation. But I had a copy of the invitation that was sent because they copied me in the email.

“We had all this back and forth going on, I changed the ticket to the next day, and then the third day, and they still did not send me the visa. At that point, I knew they did not want me to go.

“My anger was that they should have told me straight up, not smiling in my face one day and then acting a different way.

“That is why I decided to leave,” added the former Red Devils number nine.

Meanwhile, the Super Eagles are set to battle Ghana in March for a spot at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.


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