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Rohr pleads for fans to have patience with Ighalo

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Nigeria coach, Gernot Rohr, has urged fans to be patience with Odion Ighalo.

According to him, Ighalo will soon start firing again if given enough time.

The 32-year-old is back with the Super Eagles after a two-year hiatus.

He started against Cape Verde in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier, but was subbed off for Kelechi Iheanacho.

The return of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations top-scorer was expected to add more depth to Nigeria’s attack, and when asked why his team still struggled in front of goal with the 32-year-old’s presence, Rohr told the media: “We need a little patience with Ighalo.

“He has not been with us for more than one year, he needs the time to find the harmony.

“I think we saw interesting things [from Ighalo’s partnership] with Osimhen, and with him, Osimhen will grow and will learn a lot.

“Now, I am sure that for the 2021 Afcon, we can prepare with these two players – something which is more harmonious.

“[The game against Cape Verde] was like a final – a very special game and some of the chances we had came off the help of Ighalo.

“So, let’s have a little patience, give us a little time to work with him together and the goals will come again.”

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