Rohr Speaks on Ighalo's Performances for Super Eagles Against Cape Verde After backlash from Fans

Rohr Speaks on Ighalo's Performances for Super Eagles Against Cape Verde After backlash from Fans

  • Gernot Rohr has stood firmly behind Super Eagles returnee Odion Ighalo after he was criticized by fans for not living up to expectation
  • The German gaffer said the Al-Shabab striker needs more time to integrate back into the team after two years of absence
  • The 33-year-old forward featured in the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifier against Cape Verde

Gernot Rohr has insisted that Nigerians should be patient for Odion Ighalo to hit top form for the Super Eagles, The Cable.

Nigerian qualified for the playoffs despite being held by Cape Verde at 1-1 apiece at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.

Ighalo was recalled into the squad after retiring from international engagements shortly at the 2019 AFCON.

Rohr speaks on Ighalo's performance for Super Eagles against Cape Verde after fans' backlash
Super Eagles handler Gernot Rohr has told Nigerians be patient with Ighalo following his performance against Cape Verde. Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPE
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The 33-year-old played 78 minutes before he was hauled off.

Fans are not happy with the Al-Shabab's striker's performance on the night and Rohr has called from calm and patience.

What Rohr said about Ighalo

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The Germa gaffer told journalists after the 1-1 draw with Cape Verde:

“We need a little patience with Ighalo. He was not with us for more than one year, and we need time to find harmony, and I think he did some interesting things with Osimhen, who will grow and learn a lot.”

Ighalo goes home to meet mum after Super Eagles draw with Cape Verde

Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Odion Ighalo quickly rushed back home to say hello to his mum shortly after the Super Eagles were held by Cape Verde at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.

The Al-Shabab striker failed to find the back of the net but will be happy with his performance against the Blue Sharksin Surulere.

Ighalo posted a video on his Instagram to pay homepage this beloved mum popularly known as 'Mama Al-Shabab'.

Osimhen receives cash prize of N2m for a man-of-the-match performance against Cape Verde

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Victor Osimhen was undoubtedly rewarded for his performance against Cape Verde as he was given the man-of-the-match award which came with a cash prize of N2m.

Osimhen also won the Most Valuable Player award and will get another one million naira for winning that.

The Super Eagles striker opened the scoring in the first minute of the game as he sent the fans at the Teslim Balogun Stadium to rapturous celebrations.

Source: Sports Brief News