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Lure Ighalo back into Super Eagles, Esin tells Rohr

first_img “Ighalo’s return to the Eagles will help to boost the confidence level of younger strikers in the team and this will help us going forward. “Samuel Chukwueze, Victor Osimhen, and others would benefit from his experience if the coach brings him back. “We should learn to tap from the resources we have in our hands. Ighalo is one of the best strikers we have today, Rohr should convince him to return. “How can Nigeria have a player in Manchester United and he is not in the national team? Playing in an elite team like Manchester United alone is an experience on its own. “Do we want to waste all that? It is wrong. He needs to share his experience with young strikers in the team. That is how a team grows. This is where the coach needs to come all out and encourage him to help the team with his experience.” read also:Man Utd fans hammer  Solskjaer for not starting Ighalo against Chelsea Before quitting the Super Eagles, Ighalo, who made his debut against Uganda in 2015, scored 16 goals in 35 appearances for the three-time African champions. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Former Nigeria player, Etim Esin, has urged the Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, to try and lure  Manchester United loanee striker, Odion Ighalo to end his international retirement and return to the national team. Ighalo retired from international duty after helping the West Africans finish third at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, where he emerged as the competition’s top scorer. The striker has continued his impressive performances with the Old Trafford outfit since joining the side in January from Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua. The forward’s eye-catching performances recently earned him a loan extension with the Red Devils until January 2021. Esin, who could not fathom why Ighalo, one of the best Nigeria players, is not currently in the national team, feels the forward should be encouraged to return to the Super Eagles. He believes the 31-year-old’s experience will rub off on the young players in the team like Lille’s Victor Osimhen and Villarreal’s winger Samuel Chukwueze. “I think this is a job for the coach [Gernot Rohr], he’s the one in charge and he should try and convince Ighalo to rescind his decision on retirement from the national team,” stated on  the  goal.com website.Advertisementcenter_img Loading…last_img read more

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Yoenis Cespedes opts out for 2020; no-showed Mets game in Atlanta

first_imgThe statement:BREAKING: The Mets don’t know where Yoenis Cespedes is.Team statement: “As of game time, Yoenis Céspedes has not reported to the ballpark today. He did not reach out to management with any explanation for his absence. Our attempts to contact him have been unsuccessful.”— Tim Healey (@timbhealey) August 2, 2020Following the Mets’ 4-0 loss to Atlanta, Van Wagenen announced he had found out during the game that Cespedes was opting out of the remainder of the season out of an abundance of caution given the coronavirus pandemic. Mets manager Luis Rojas said he had called and texted Cespedes prior to the start of the game and hadn’t received a response.Van Wagenen said team was unsure of Cespedes’ safety at timing of initial statement. Issued statement to be transparent. Had sent security to hotel room and found he had packed and left.— Tim Britton (@TimBritton) August 2, 2020MORE: Full list of MLB players who have opted outThe Athletic reported Sunday that Cespedes went to several teammates after the Mets’ 7-1 loss Saturday to tell them goodbye but his intention did not reach management. A source also told The Athletic that Cespedes had changed his mind about playing after other teams suffered COVID-19 outbreaks. The Marlins and Cardinals have each had multiple players test positive. The source also said that a member of Cespedes’ family has a pre-existing condition. The New York Post, meanwhile, reported that Cespedes was worried about losing playing time in the abbreviated 60-game season and, consequently, opportunities to earn incentives in his contract. The Post’s sources said Cespedes had spoken twice with management about his concerns, most recently Saturday with Rojas and Van Wagenen. He also knew before the team left for Truist Park that he was not in the lineup Sunday, those sources added.Cespedes, 34, has had a tumultuous tenure with the Mets, which began in mid-2015. He missed all of the 2019 campaign after fracturing his right ankle on his ranch in Florida following a battle with a wild boar. The injury occurred while Cespedes was rehabbing surgeries on both of his heels. Cespedes played in 127 games in his last four seasons with the Mets dating to 2017, battling various injuries throughout.He has two home runs through eight games this year. He can become a free agent after the season. Mets outfielder/DH Yoenis Cespedes has opted out of the remainder of the 2020 MLB season, thus ending another bizarre day in Mets history.Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen initially released a statement Sunday saying Cespedes had not reported to Truist Park in Atlanta “as of game time,” and he did not offer an explanation for the player’s absence. The Mets also mentioned that their attempts to contact Cespedes were “unsuccessful.” last_img read more

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