Shanghai Shenhua of China striker, Odion Jude Ighalo has declared that he has no regrets for playing for the Super Eagles at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, as he says he always wanted to give his best to the Nigerian national team, from which he retired last week.
Although he cited threats to his life and family among reasons for his early international retirement, Ighalo added that the injury he copped in the third place match against Tunisia had nothing to do with his decision, as he acknowledged that it is also part of the game.
That injury, which he got late in the first half, after scoring the only goal that earned Nigeria third place at AFCON 2019 and made him the top scorer with five goals, will see Ighalo stay out on the sidelines for eight weeks, but the 30-year-old attacker insists he has no regrets.
Instead of blaming the Eagles for the hamstring injury on the national team, Ighalo admitted he has been unlucky with such setbacks in recent months, but vowed to fight back and get over his latest blight.
The former Julius Berger FC of Lagos, Prime FC of Osogbo, Lyn Oslo of Norway, Udinese of Italy, Granada of Spain, Watford of England and Changchun Yatai of China hitman, who notched a total 16 goals in 35 matches for Nigeria, said playing for the country always made him glad.
He took to social media to reveal his worries over the injury, but said it does not mean he regrets playing at AFCON 2019 and declared that he is determined to get back into action very soon, in order to make his club’s fans happy once again, with his performances in Shenhua’s matches.
Ighalo posted: “This is the most difficult season in my club career but playing for my country has always been a dream and this is the last big tournament in my international career.
“I’m so unlucky to have got the same injury and especially this period that my team needs me.
“I feel so sorry for the fans that I will be missing some games but I will work hard to be back ASAP to end the season very well.”