Odion Ighalo, a former striker for the Super Eagles, has stated he is only willing to participate in the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) provided some conditions are met.
In a recent interview with Elegbete TV, Ighalo made this clear.
Ighalo played for Prime FC of Oshogbo and Julius Berger in Lagos prior to his time spent overseas before relocating to Europe in 2007.
The 34-year-old’s deal with Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal expired in May, making him a free agent for the moment.
Speaking on the possibility of a return to the Nigerian league, the former Manchester United striker said:“I said if security is guaranteed, good coverage is assured and better officiating. Of course, [I will play].
“I have played in the league before, and it will be a great privilege for me to play again for another six months or one year before I end my career.
“But you do not want to be playing and be scared of your life or what is going to happen next. Then, it does not worth it. Because if I am going to play, I will not do it because I want to make money. I am not even going to take money from any team. I will just play because I want to fulfil something.”
Ighalo’s former Super Eagles teammate, Ahmed Musa, had a brief spell with Kano Pillars in 2021 after leaving Al Nassr of Saudi Arabia.
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Ex Manchester United and Super Eagles striker, Jude Odion Ighalo open to ending his career with an NPFL club for free, if certain security concerns are catered for.
What club, would you love to see him play for?
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