AFCON 2019 top scorer, Odion Ighalo, on Saturday wrote on his Instagram page an emotional farewell message to fans and his former Nigeria teammates following his retirement from international football.
Ighalo had on Wednesday announced his retirement immediately after the third-place match, where he scored the only goal to help the Super Eagles beat Tunisia to the bronze medal.
The striker was in impressive form as he scored five goals in Egypt to claim the golden boot but he surprisingly put an end to a five-year journey with the national team.
He wrote, “This is one of the most difficult career decisions I’ve had to take. It’s been an amazing five years journey, but after due consultation and extensive discussion with my family, I have decided it’s time for me to retire from the National team,” Ighalo said in a statement.
“It’s has been an eventful and most memorable opportunity to serve my country with pride, passion and to contribute my quota to the development of our football, the memories would stay with me for a long time and I’m immensely grateful.
“It is now time to concentrate on club football and give the younger players chance to learn and grow.”