Odion Ighalo Gives Reason He Left His Formal Club
Super Eagles and former Manchester United striker, Odion Ighalo, has revealed why he left his former club, Al Shabab. He said he left because the club denied him the opportunity to participate in the 2021 African Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
In an interview with ESPN, the 32-year-old Nigerian faulted the roles played by Al Shabab in his absence from AFCON.
In his words:
“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,”
He added, “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.
“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.”