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I quit my Football Club because they refused to release me for AFCON – Odion Ighalo

Nigerian striker, Odion Ighalo finally reveals reasons for his decision to depart from where he plays his club football. According to him, the team, Al Shabab denied him the right to represent his nation during the maiden African Cup of Nations (AFCON).  

The 32-year-old top striker was included in the coaches initial 30-man squad for the tournament which was played in Cameroon. However, the club outrightly refused to issue a visa, releasing him for the game. The player was infuriated by the fact that, the club officials did not tell him straight that, they won’t release him and he had to dress up and  get frustrated.


Speaking to sports reporters, Ighalo said he lost interest in playing for the team due to the incident. “I was not happy with them and we decided to part ways because the Nations Cup that I didn’t go to, caused a lot of bad blood.”

“Four hours until my flight [to Cameroon], they had not sent me the exit visa. I called the team manager, and he told me they did not get an invitation. But I had a copy of the invitation that was sent because they copied me in the email,” he added.

“We had all this back and forth going on, I changed the ticket to the next day, and then the third day, and they still did not send me the visa. At that point I knew they did not want me to go. My anger was that they should have told me straight up, not smiling in my face one day and then acting a different way. That is why I decided to leave.”

MaRk AnNor

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