How Rohr can leave Osimhen, Iheanacho, others depressed – John Fashanu


Former Wimbledon star, John Fashanu, has warned Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr not to bring back Odion Ighalo to the team, as it could make the young strikers in the squad ‘depressed’.

Ighalo retired from international football after the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Since his retirement, Rohr has called on Napoli’s Victor Osimhen, Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho and Genk’s Paul Onuachu.

Nigeria recently booked their place at the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon and Fashanu has revealed reasons why Rohr should not attempt to lure Ighalo back to the side.

“Experience in football counts but we don’t want to do anything to upset the young boys or make them a little bit depressed,” Fashanu told the Punch.

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“The only thing Ighalo has to offer to the national team is his experience, it is not his ability because there are players who are far better than him and we know that.

“If Rohr wants to bring him in because he stabilizes the squad, it is fine. I remember when I was in my 30s and the manager kept bringing me back, it wasn’t because I was a great player but I gave the team confidence. And that might also be the reason why Rohr wants to bring him back but other than that his time is gone.

“Ighalo is in his 30s and in Nigeria we have fantastic prospects that are fighting to get that spot but not all of them can make the squad.

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“If you keep playing the older players it is at the detriment of the younger players. It is high time we start seeing 17, 18-year-old geniuses in the national team.

“Where there is no talent the coach may consider bringing him back but there are so many talents and it would be very wrong to bring him back at this stage.”

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