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Ighalo’s return to the Super Eagles won’t affect Osimhen, says Lawal

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Garba Lawal says Odion Ighalo can still do a good job in the Super Eagles, but depends on the methodology of the the coach.

Ighalo called it quit with the National team immediately after helping Nigeria to third place finish at the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt.

In Ighalo’s absence , Victor Osimhen has been delivering the goals for the Gernot Rohr tutored side – scoring eight time in his 16 appearances.

However President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) stated that Ighalo still has a role to play in the team and also opined that the likes of Osimhen can learn from him.

Pinnick’s sparked reactions in the media, with fans expressing fear that the return of the Al-Shabab forward will stall the development of Osimhen and other young strikers in the team.

“No doubt, we have Victor Osimhen who has been doing well and the likes of Kelechi Iheanacho who have also stepped up a couple of times, but they also need to learn more and probably maintain their consistency with the National team,’ Lawal said when asked to comment on the issue.

“I don’t feel Ighalo’s presence would derail players who are already doing well in the Super Eagles. Already, Ighalo knows that if he returns, he won’t be guaranteed regular playing time, but I think he would probably have a discussion with the coach regarding his role in the team,” Lawal told AOIFootball.

Ighalo, 32-year-old who has 16 goals in 32 matches for Nigeria, before retiringfrom international football has netted scored eight goals for Al-Shabab this season.

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