By Johnny Edward:
Chinese club Changchun Yatai's Odion Ighalo is set to return to the Super Eagles squad ahead of the crunch clash against Cameroon after he was left out of the game against South Africa, Completesportsnigeria.com has reliably gathered.
Nigeria face Cameroon in key back-to-back 2018 World Cup qualifiers on September 1 in Uyo and three days later in Yaounde.
Ighalo missed the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa in Uyo in June, which the Super Eagles lost 2-0.
However, the 28-year-old has been in rich vein of form for his Chinese Super League side, scoring six goals in his last five games and eight goals in 17 appearances.
Completesportsnigeria.com also gathered from a close source that coach Gernot Rohr will make a last minute decision on whether to include his skipper Mikel Obi who has been out of action for four months in the squad.
"Ighalo is certainly going to be back in the squad for the game against Cameroon even the coach says this," the source revealed to Completesportsnigeria.com on Wednesday.
"He is also considering Obafemi Martins as his name propped up in a conversation but nobody knows if he will be included.
"But the big issue is Mikel. If he gets to play a game for his club Tianjin TEDA then he will lead the team. The fact that he has not played means that he is not even 40% fit which a call will be made on that."
The Super Eagles lead Group B of African World Cup qualifying with six points, four ahead of second placed Cameroon. Zambia and Algeria are in third and fourth place.Unblock the FIFA World Cup with ExpressVPN the #1 Trusted Name in VPN