Ighalo shines as he makes debut for Al-Shabab in 4-1 win over Al-Raed

Ighalo shines as he makes debut for Al-Shabab in 4-1 win over Al-Raed

- Odion Ighalo has played his first game for Saudi Arabian side Al-Shabab

- Ighalo and his teammates recorded an emphatic 4-1 win over their opponents

- The Nigerian footballer joined Al-Shabab from Manchester United

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Nigerian football star Odion Ighalo has finally made his debut for his new Saudi Arabian club Al-Shabab as they defeated Al-Raed 4-1 in a League encounter played on Sunday night, February 7.

After spending a year at Manchester United where he played on loan from Chinese Super League side Shenhua Shanghai, Odion Ighalo was released by the Red Devils.

It was clear that the Nigerian striker has no future at Old Trafford following the arrival of Edinson Cavani who has been getting active playing time under Ole Solskjaer.

But the truth is that Odion Ighalo's dream of playing for Manchester United in the Premier League came to reality and he is grateful for that.

Gone are the days when the former Watford striker used to play football on the streets in Lagos with Manchester United jersey, he eventually played for his dream club.

The injury Marcus Rashford sustained then made Manchester United chiefs to sign Odion Ighalo and the Nigerian impressed scoring in the Europa League and League Cups.

Meanwhile, Odion Ighalo and his new teammates at Al-Shabab remain top of the Saudi Arabian League table with 35 points after 17 games.

Odion Ighalo is expected to start for the side in their next League game.

Odion Ighalo
Odion Ighalo impresses as he makes debut for Al-Shabab in 4-1 win over Al-Raed. Photo: Odion Ighalo
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Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr hinted that Al Shabab of Saudi Arabia striker Odion Ighalo could be welcomed back into the Super Eagles anytime soon.

The striker called it quits with the national team right after inspiring Nigeria to a third-place finish at the 2019 AFCON tournament in Egypt where he emerged as tournament’s top scorer.

During the qualifiers for the competition, Ighalo scored a total of seven goals- the most by any player and found the net against Burundi in the group phase; Cameroon in the round of 16; Algeria in the semi-finals and Tunisia in the third-place playoff.

He then announced his retirement before he received a loan offer at Manchester United from his Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua.

Having completed his loan spell with the Premier League giants, Ighalo was snapped up by Al Shabab recently and Rohr has said the door is still open for the player.

Source: Sports Brief News