Super Eagles Striker Ighalo Dumps Al Shabab, Joins Another Big Club in Mega Million Deal

Super Eagles Striker Ighalo Dumps Al Shabab, Joins Another Big Club in Mega Million Deal

Ibitoye Shittu
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:55 PM
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  • Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo has left Saudi Arabian side Al Shabab for a big move to Al Hilal in an awesome move
  • Odion Ighalo while confirming his move to Al Hilal thanked his former employers at Al Shabab for the chance
  • The Nigerian striker was said to be livid with the club's refusal to allow him to travel with the Super Eagles to AFCON 2021

Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo has confirmed that he has left Saudi Arabian side Al Shabab for a move to Al Hilal and thanked his former employers for the chance given to him to play.

After leaving Manchester United last year where he featured in 12 Premier League games, Odion Ighalo made a return to the Saudi Arabian League and was impressive for Al Shabab.

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Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo in action. Photo by Dan Mullan
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Last season, the striker played 30 games for Al Shabab and netted incredible 20 goals for the Saudi Arabian giants.

According to the photo Odion Ighalo posted on his twitter account, the Super Eagles star stated clearly that it was a pleasure to play for Al Shabab.

Why did Odion Ighalo miss the 2021 AFCON?

Saudi Arabian club Al Shabab refused to release Odion Ighalo and that was the major reason the Nigerian striker did not travel to Cameroon for the competition.

And how did Super Eagles perform without Odion Ighalo?

Super Eagles of Nigeria under Eguavoen won their first three games at the AFCON before losing to Tunisia in the knockout stage of the African Cup of Nations.

President Buhari Is not to blame for Super Eagles AFCON exit, says ex-international

Earlier, Sports Brief had reported how former Nigeria striker Benedict Akwuegbu cautioned football fans in the country to desist from blaming President Muhammadu Buhari for the early exit of the Super Eagles at the AFCON.

The three-time African champions were knocked by Tunisia in the Round of 16 after being tipped as one of the favourites for the competition due to an impressive display in the group stages.

The Super Eagles had won all three group stage games against Egypt, Sudan and Guinea-Bissau heading into the second round when they were stunned by a 47th minute Youssef Msakni stunner to send them packing.

Nigerians would react angrily at the defeat with many putting the blame on the President who had earlier in the day called the team to wish them well ahead of the clash with Tunisia.

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