Former Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo has expressed his willingness to play in the Nigerian Professional Football League (Npfl) again, but only if certain conditions are met. The 34-year-old made this known in a recent chat with Elegbete TV, where he stated that security, good coverage, and better officiating are key factors that he considers before making any decision.
Ighalo, who played for Prime FC of Oshogbo and Julius Berger in Lagos before moving to Europe in 2007, is currently a free agent after his contract with Saudi Arabia club Al-Hilal ended in May. Speaking on the possibility of a return to the Nigerian league, the former Manchester United striker said: “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.”
However, the veteran forward emphasized that he would not play if he felt scared for his life or unsure about the league’s organization. He added that he would not play for money, but rather to fulfill a personal goal. Ighalo’s former Super Eagles teammate, Ahmed Musa, had a brief spell with Kano Pillars in 2021 after leaving Al Nassr of Saudi Arabia.
In conclusion, Ighalo’s willingness to play in the Npfl again is a testament to his love for the game and his country. His experience and expertise will undoubtedly be a valuable asset to any Nigerian club that can meet his requirements. As a free agent, Ighalo has the luxury of choosing where he wants to play, and it is up to the Npfl clubs to make themselves attractive enough to lure him back to the league where it all started for him.