By Amosu Adeboye
Odion Ighalo has reportedly joined John Mikel Obi in retiring from international football.
Mikel announced his decision to stop playing for the Super Eagles via a message on instagram on Thursday afternoon and Ighalo have followed in the former skipper’s footsteps in a move that will shock handler of the side, Gernot Rohr.
Ighalo who plays for Chinese club, Shanghai Shenhua has reportedly informed Rohr of his decision who accepted it in good fate.
The 30-year-old has always been a subject intense criticisms from Nigerian fans despite his impressive goal rate for the Super Eagles.
Ighalo received several abuse after the Super Eagles elimination from the 2018 FIFA Word Cup in Russia and was persuaded to keep playing for the Super Eagles by Rohr.
He finished as top scorer in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series with seven goals.
The former Watford striker is in line to scoop the top scorer award at AFCON 2019 after scoring five goals in seven appearances for Nigeria.
Senegal’s Saido Mane and Adams Ounas, his two closest challengers have scored three goals each.
Ighalo scored 16 goals in 35 appearances for the Super Eagles.