Technical Director of Nigeria Football Federation, Austin Eguavoen has denied claims that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) forced Odion Ighalo’s return to the Super Eagles on Gernot Rohr.
Speaking with the media in Abuja, Eguavoen said Ighalo was interested in returning to the Super Eagles and that was why Gernot Rohr recalled him from his retirement.
Ighalo called it quits with the national team in 2019 stating that he wanted to give younger players the opportunity to develop.
“Ighalo was not forced or begged to come out of retirement. I am sure Ighalo showed interest having been contacted about a return to the Super Eagles, that is why his name appeared in the list of invitees. You cannot force anybody to comeback to play for the national team,” Eguavoen stated.
“Who says Ighalo is old? He is not and he is still good and playing well. How old is Cavani. Ighola’s name appeared on the list sent to us and that means Gernot Rohr wants him, and since he takes credit for the team’s success or otherwise, we okayed it because we don’t have the right to query his list,” the former Eagles coach stated.
Asked if how the team plays matters, or if the results are more important, Eguavoen replied: “how the team plays matters, we shall be concerned when the team is not entertaining. Result and entertainment matters, so we have to merge the two together, but it matters how the team plays.”