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Rescind your decision to retire from the Eagles, Disu tells Ighalo

Former Flying Eagles coach Tunde Disu has urged Odion Ighalo to rescind his decision to retire from the Super Eagles.

During an interview on Tuesday, Disu described the Eagles first choice striker’s retirement as “premature.”

Ighalo, who emerged as the highest goal scorer at the just concluded Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, announced his decision to quit the Super Eagles after the competition.

“Ighaloʼs decision to quit the national team is premature, the team still needs him. My reason is that the team at present doesn’t have any player with experience to take over.

“My position is not that the country doesn’t have quality strikers, but they should have been paired alongside him to learn,” he said in an interview with NAN.

Disu urged the Shanghai Shenhua striker to ignore the negative comments of fans.

“Ighalo tried for the team and if he is considering the negative vibes from football fans , maybe that is a bit childish, he should have developed thick skin to that.

“Criticisms are part of life, we cannot run away from it, even the best footballers faced the same situation one time or the other; he cannot be an exception,” he added.

AFCON 2019: Top 10 player stats so far…

Today is going to be a tough one as the last four teams are facing one another, where the result will leave two losing teams go play for third place while the two winning teams battle for the tournament champion.

CLICK here for the semi-finals fixtures.

TOP 10 SCORERS in the tournament so far…

  1. Cedric Bakambu (Dr Congo) – 3 goals
  2. Odion Ighalo (Nigeria) – 3 goals
  3. Adam Ounas (Algeria) – 3 goals
  4. Sadio Mané (Senegal) – 3 goals
  5. Ahmed El Mohamady (Egypt) – 2 goals
  6. Emmanuel Okwi (Uganda) – 2 goals
  7. Mohamed Salah (Egypt) – 2 goals
  8. Carolus Andriamahitsinoro (Madagascar) – 2 goals
  9. Mohamed Yattara (Guinea) – 2 goals
  10. Michael Olunga (Kenya) – 2 goals

TOP 10 ASSISTS in the tournament so far…

  1. Franck Kessié (Ivory Coast) – 3 assists
  2. Ayman Ashraf (Egypt) – 2 assists
  3. Farouk Miya (Uganda) – 2 assists
  4. Moses Simon (Nigeria) – 2 assists
  5. Islam Slimani (Algeria) – 2 assists
  6. Lamine Gassama (Senegal) – 2 assists
  7. Ismael Bennacer (Algeria) – 2 assists
  8. Moussa Doumbia (Mali) – 2 assists
  9. Abdul Rahman Baba (Ghana) – 2 assists
  10. Cebio Soukou (Benin) – 2 assists