Shanghai Shenhua striker Odion Ighalo called time on his career with Nigeria after AFCON 2019 and insists he will stand by his decision, reports Futbalgalore.com.
Ighalo says that he has no intention to come out of international retirement as his decision “was a well thought out plan”.
The goal poacher recently announced that he was calling time on his international commitments in order to focus on prolonging his club career.
He scored 16 times in 35 appearances for his country.
Many have claimed that his decision to retire from national duties was too hasty.
Insiders at the Nigeria Football Federation have claimed that talks are ongoing to make the forward rescind the decision.
But Ighalo insists that he will not be tempted to come out of retirement.
“I have not reversed my decision on my retirement from the Super Eagles,” Odion Ighalo told Futbalgalore.com.
“It was a well thought out plan.
“No, I have not,” the former Lyn Oslo, Cesena, Udinese, Watford, Udinese and Changchun Yatai striker added.
The 30-year-old was awarded the top scorer’s prize in Egypt on Friday after scoring five goals in seven appearances for the Super Eagles at AFCON 2019.
He started his career as a youth player in the U20 team and later made his senior debut during an international friendly match against Uganda in March 2015.