Ighalo regrets AFCON injury, silent on reported retirement

Odion Ighalo

Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo, has expressed regret at ending his participation in the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) with an injury.

Ighalo scored in the third minute on Wednesday to secure a 1-0 victory for Nigeria over Tunisia in the third-place match at the AFCON.

The 30-year-old, however, did not speak on his reported retirement in his Instagram post on Friday.

“Sad to end the tournament with an injury but I’m super proud of this team and myself 🦅🇳🇬��🏾,” he wrote.

Ighalo – the tournament’s leading goalscorer – was substituted before halftime on Wednesday and left the field holding his left leg, an unexpected end to a tournament where he is on course to finish as top scorer.

Three players could catch him in the final: Algeria pair Riyad Mahrez and Adam Ounas, and Senegal’s Sadio Mane all have three goals.

Algeria and Senegal meet Friday at Cairo International Stadium, where Algeria can claim a second title and first since 1990 and Senegal can win the African Cup for the first time.