The return of retired Super Eagles forward, Odion Ighalo back into the team for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Liberia and Cape Verde is presently generating heated debate and reactions from football lovers around the country.
Recall that on Monday, Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr named Ighalo in the 22-man squad that was released for the crucial qualifiers few weeks after the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president, Amaju Pinnick had hinted of his possible recall to the senior national team.
Interestingly, the last time the former Watford striker played for Nigeria was at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, where the team won bronze after defeating Tunisia 1-0 in the Third-place match.
Few weeks after the tournament, Ighalo announced his retirement in a bid to focus on club football. Before his retirement, he scored 16 goals in 35 games for the Super Eagles.
No doubt, Ighalo has been enjoying a good run of form in Saudi Arabia where he plays for Al Shabab, who are presently second on the log in the Pro-League, two points behind table-toppers Al-Ittihad.
Rohr pointed out that he wants the Al Shabab striker because the Super Eagles badly needs his leadership qualities with so many young strikers in the current squad, and has labeled Ighalo a ‘great player’. Ighalo is proving that age is just a number as he is still going strong at the age of 32, scoring eight goals in nine matches in the new Saudi Pro League season.
However, he has not fully made up his mind to come out of retirement despite the fact that his name has been listed for the qualifiers.
Though many wonder why Ighalo is being ‘pressured ‘ for a return to the national team despite having the likes of Victor Osimhen, Kelechi Iheanacho, Paul Onuachu, Taiwo Awoniyi, Terem Moffi and Sadiq Umar amongst others, the NFF President feels it is a move in the right direction.
In a chat with Thepledge, former Nigerian striker, Jonathan Akpoborie believes the invitation of Ighalo to the Super Eagles will be Rohr’s biggest mistake.
Akpoborie said that the German tactician should have stuck with his main strikers such as Osimhen, Onuachu, Iheanacho, Onyekuru, Awoniyi and others to execute the World Cup qualifiers.
“This may just be Rohr’s biggest mistake as coach of the Super Eagles. I really don’t know why Ighalo should be invited to the Super Eagles after quitting the senior national team in 2019.
“This is not the best way to boost the morale of the young strikers that qualified the team for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations even without Ighalo. I am just not happy with the whole situation and I will feel bad if he succumb to NFF President’ Amaju Pinnick’s pressure.”
In the same vein, former Nigerian forward, Victor Ikpeba also kicked against the return of Odion Ighalo to the Super Eagles squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Liberia and Cape Verde respectively.
“I don’t really like the invitation of Ighalo to the Super Eagles. I want to believe that the coach knows why they have recalled him to the team even when he has not given any response so far.
“Well, it could be mind games. However, the return of Alex Iwobi to the Super Eagles will provide the necessary assist for him.”
Also, former Super Eagles midfielder, Mutiu Adepoju also faulted the decision to recall the ex-Man United striker.
He said: “I like Ighalo as a player and he is a very good striker. He retired from the Super Eagles about two years ago and I believe we presently have strikers that are good enough in the team. Well I don’t know the reason for his recall. We have Osimhen that is scoring very well in his club, we have Kelechi Iheanacho, Awoniyi and so many of them but what I’m saying is just my opinion.
“If we have players! Who are doing very well and scoring goals in their clubs, do we still have to recall Ighalo? It’s just my opinion.”
Taking a different perspective from other ex-internationals, former Eagles goalkeeper, Ike Shorunmu, opined that the coach wants the best for the team, with the recall of Ighalo.
“The coach wants the best for the country and he if says he wants Ighalo, as long as he gives us result, it is his choice,” Shorunmu said.
It is yet to be seen if the recall of Ighalo will be a blessing in disguise to the Super Eagles or will be a disaster especially as the team seek to secure a ticket to the last qualifying stage in order to book a ticket to Qatar 2022.
Will Ighalo’s return distract the team? Will he score the decisive goals that will land the S’Eagles a ticket to their seventh world cup? Only time will tell.
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“I Love The Fact That She Gives Me Money”, Toyin Lawani’s Husband, Segun Wealth Makes New Revelation About Their Marriage
Photographer and husband of celebrity stylist Toyin Lawani, Segun Wealth has revealed one of the reasons why he loves his wife.
The couple sat down with Pulse TV for ‘Fun Facts’ about the couple where he boldly made it known to the world that his wife gives him money.
Though Toyin Lawani tried to hush him up and cover it, Segun Wealth maintained his stance that the go-to celebrity stylist credits his account.
During the interview, Toyin Lawani had asked him the 3 things he likes about her and the photographer stated that he loves that she gives him money among other things.
Toyin Lawani later acknowledged that her husband never spends her money.
She noted how she credited his account once with N20 million and he never spent it.
See their conversation below,
Toyin Lawani : What do you love the most about our relationship?
Segun Wealth : 3 things that I love is that one, the relationship isn’t getting old, we do everything together and lastly, you give me money.
Toyin Lawani: Segun ti ba interview je (Segun has spoilt the interview). Which money?
Segun: I like that you bring a lot of money
Toyin: They would bow say it’s because of money u married her
Segun: What’s my concern. Don’t you give me money?
Toyin: Egbami o Sugar Mummy
Toyin: What I love about our relationship is that you are one of the people that I have dates that I know isn’t after my money, even when you need something, you literally kill yourself before you ask me for that thing. You never take advantage of me. Times that I will leave 20m in your account, I will come back and meet it there. You will need money for yourself, you wouldn’t even touch it.
Toyin Lawani vowed that no man can dupe her with her money again, “No man can chop my money again”.
Netizens had a lot to say about the interview.
hublovey_ : Full house husband
rhodaowolabi : I love her sincerity, unlike some others who fool themselves by saying the husband is the one giving money when it’s obvious he’s not financially buoyant
etimajonathan : With my full chest, I’m not amused. How old is this man’s last child from his other wife? Mtchewwwwww! Una two should just gerrout!
Jacyntambachu : she will still come back to tell us how he stole from her
callmegeraldinee : She wan use laugh cover am
Kemi Filani news recalls Toyin Lawani had opened up about controlling her husband Segun Wealth, as widely speculated by many social media users.
Toyin Lawani revealed the current state of her marriage following the criticism and backslashes she received after sharing a video of her husband, kneeling to feed her.
A follower had commented on the post, saying that with many people seeing such a display of love online, they will conclude that Toyin Lawani was controlling her husband.
Responding, Toyin Lawani opined that only those who do not know her husband will think anyone can control him.
She wrote: Only people who don’t know my husband will think anyone can control him. He’s just normally a clown.
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Odogwu Wore It Better, Singer Ayra Starr Reacts After Burna Boy Recreated Her Outfit On Stage
Nigerian international singer Oyinkansola Sarah Aderibigbe professionally addressed as Ayra Starr, has reacted after superstar, Burna Boy recreated her recent outfit on stage.
During a recent stage performance, hit maker, Burna Boy, who has been described as an inspiration to Ayra Starr recreated her outfit, a pair of feathered jeans and sleeveless top.
Reacting Ayra Starr shared photos of them both rocking the outfit and declared that Burna Boy wore it better that her. She wrote: ‘Odogwu wore it better’
Recall that Ayra Starr, who recently penned a father’s day note to her mother, replied a troll who referred to her as a prostitute.
It all began after Ayra shared a new photo of herself with the caption: New 🎶?.
The new photo sparked reactions from her followers, but one comment that grabbed the attention of the singer was the one by a commenter with the username, ‘Ib fire’, who called her a prostitute. “best in being ashawo”, he wrote.
Ayra, in no time, replied him throwing the insult back at his mother and twins.
“Just like your mom, twins”. The singer wrote.
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Israel Adesanya Beats Jared Cannonier To Retain UFC Middleweight Title
Israel Adesanya defeated Jarred Cannonier via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45) to retain the UFC middleweight championship.
Adesanya fought against middleweight contender Jared Cannonier at UFC 276 at the T-mobile Arena, Las Vegas Sunday morning.
Since making his debut in 2018, ‘The Last Stylebender’ has looked better each time he’s stepped into the Octagon and is still undefeated in the middleweight. He first captured the interim title in the Fight of The Year winner against Kelvin Gastelum in 2019.
‘Izzy’ then defeated Robert Whittaker and unified the titles that same year.
He has successfully defended his title four times since then. On an otherwise perfect record for Adesanya (22-1), his only loss was during his unsuccessful step up to light heavyweight, losing to then-champion Jan Blachowicz.
On Sunday, the Nigerian-born New Zealander successfully defended his middleweight title for the fifth time.
While Adesanya defeated Robert Whittaker in February for the second time to retain his middleweight strap, Cannonier knocked out Derek Brunson in the second round in February to become the weight’s No.1contender.
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- “I Love The Fact That She Gives Me Money”, Toyin Lawani’s Husband, Segun Wealth Makes New Revelation About Their Marriage
- Odogwu Wore It Better, Singer Ayra Starr Reacts After Burna Boy Recreated Her Outfit On Stage
- Israel Adesanya Beats Jared Cannonier To Retain UFC Middleweight Title
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