News breaking on Monday afternoon have it that Nigeria could be set to be without a third striker in Odion Ighalo for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon as Al Shabab are pulling strings to prevent the striker’s participation in the tournament.

According to reports, a source close to the club says the club are holding on to the fact that the invitation letter from the Super Eagles to request the 32-year-old striker’s presence for the competition came late neither were they informed by the Nigeria Football Federation at the right time.

Nigeria has already suffered a similar fate in their dealings with Watford who also prevented striker Emmanuel Dennis from joining his teammates and Napoli who announced striker Victor Osimhen tested positive to Covid-19 whereas reports later had it that the player could be available for the club in January.

Although it is up to the former Watford and Manchester United striker who is also monitored by Newcastle to decide if he will honor the Eagles’ call up or identify with his Qatar-based clubside.

Ighalo who has been in great form for the Club plundering 11 goals into opposition net for them in the domestic league had initially retired from international football in 2019, but after talks with former Eagles’ gaffer Gernot Rhor returned to the fold last November.

The Nigerian camp has opened since December 27 and at least 13 players have been reported to have joined up.

Nigeria’s first game will be against the Pharaohs of Egypt on Tuesday January 11.