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Former international, Victor Ikpeba, has urged football-loving Nigerians to respect the decision of Gernot Rohr to bring back Odion Ighalo to the Super Eagles, adding that his presence will revive the competitive spirit in the squad.

Angry football followers had kicked against Rohr’s decision to recall Ighalo for this month’s World Cup qualifiers against Liberia and Cape Verde when there are young and enterprising attackers from Nigeria currently painting the European leagues with goals.

Players like Genk forward, Paul Onuachu, Napoli’s Victor Osimhen, Kelechi Iheanacho, Samuel Chukwueze, Ahmed Musa, and Moses Simon are still in top shape for the national team.

Ighalo has paid his dues in the senior national team and he deserves to return to occupy the leading position of the team, according to Ikpeba.

“Ighalo’s return is the decision of the coach and he knows why he’s calling him back and the present squad lacks leadership. They need someone like Ighalo in that team now to boost the competition in the team. The present players are very young and they need a senior player to guide them,’ Ikpeba said.

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“Ahmed Musa is a complete gentleman and William Ekong of Watford FC, England cannot handle these players. They need a player like Ighalo to take charge of the team,” Ikpeba said on Brila fm.

The Super Eagles coach also dropped Taiwo Awoniyi’s name from the list of the invitees. The Bundesliga-based player played against the Central African Republic recently as a substitute and he needs more time to blend into the main squad.

“I am sorry for Awoniyi but there’s nothing we could do. The player has to wait for more opportunities and I know that Rohr will take him to the AFCON, so he needs to continue with his club and be in great shape for national invitation any time,” he said.

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