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Ighalo’s return good for Eagles – Osimhen

Victor Osimhen has hailed the return of Odion Ighalo to the Super Eagles, saying he has no problem with the decision.

Osimhen, 22, has etablished himself as Nigeria’s leading marksman after Ighalo quit international football at the end of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

But the Napoli forward now faces a stiffer competition for his position after Ighalo’s controversial return to the team.

Ighalo, who currently plays for Saudi Professional Football League outfit Al Shabab is part of Nigeria’s 24-man squad for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against the Lone Star of Liberia and Blue Sharks of Cape Verde.

While fans, pundits, journalists and former internationals have queried the forward’s recall to the team, Osimhen has taken warmly to it.

“It’s good for the team. The coach and the federation know what is the best for the team. We welcome him with open arms and we look forward to receiving him in camp,” Osimhen told the Super Eagles media after training on Wednesday.

“Like I said before , he is like a big brother to me and I like him so much. I learn a lot of things from him and it is important to have him in the team.

“We all have a common goal to qualify for the World Cup and do well at the AFCON. Whatever is good for the team, I think the coach and the federation will bring it into play.”

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