Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo has debunked reports circulating in the media that he bribed his way to return back to the team.
Recall that Ighalo made his first appearance for the senior national team in the 1-1 draw against Cape Verde in a 2022 World Cup qualifiers at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos since 2019 when he retired.
The former Man United star made this known in an interview with NFF media, where he said that it was the Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr that wanted him to return.
“I’ve seen many things on the internet but I don’t pay attention to those negative things,” Ighalo said.
“Since 2019 when I retired, the coach has been in communication with me to return but I told them I didn’t want to return but the pressure was too much so I told my agent to speak with Pinnick.
“The coach spoke to me at length before I came back. I heard so many things. There’s a guy in the UK who said I paid my way back to the national team, I just laughed.
“I’ve never paid to play in the national team even when I wasn’t in this position not to talk of now that I’m in the position I am now in my life and career coupled with what I’ve done for the national team, I’ll now pay to come play.
“He tried to defame my character, I’m not the kind of person who likes problems if not, he would have heard from my lawyers.”
“Everyone has their opinion about me but I don’t care but not to the extend of saying I bribed my way,” Ighalo added.
This article was updated 1 year ago