Super Eagles returnee, Odion Ighalo, has been ruled out of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations signalling another blow to Nigeria’s quest for a fourth continental laurel.
The Nigeria Football Federation confirmed the development on Thursday, explaining that the striker’s Saudi Arabia club, Al- Shabab, did not release him for the tournament which begins on Sunday in the Cameroon.
Ighalo, top scorer at the 2019 edition of the competition where Nigeria finished third, had only recently returned to the team.
He retired after the tournament hosted in Egypt.
Last week, the football body confirmed that Nigeria’s top scorer during the 2022 World Cup qualification series, Victor Osimhen, will not be playing in the competition.