The president of Nigeria’s football governing body (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has revealed that the Country’s football body won’t take any legal action against Jude Odion Ighalo’s club, Al Shabab.
The Saudi Arabian side, Al Shabab, have failed to allow Odion Ighalo honor the national team call up for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
However, for any club that fails to release its player for any national team assignment, the football association can decide to report the case to FIFA.
Odion made the 28 man list for the tournament but his team are claiming that there’s a clause in his contract that forbids him from playing an international tournament with Nigeria.
According to various sources, the former Manchester United forward’s term of contract with his current employer’s, is the reason Al Shabab are refusing to release him for the AFCON commencing on Saturday.
An insider close to the player told TheCable that Ighalo’s contract has a clause that says “he will not play for his national team”.
“When Ighalo signed with the Saudi outfit, he already retired from international football. He was not part of the national team.
“His contract with Al Shabab has a clause in it that stipulated that he will not play for the national team.
“Maybe he thought he was never going to come back to the national team.
“The NFF went through a lot of stress too when Rohr invited him for the World Cup qualifier games against Liberia and Cape Verde.
“That was why he was not listed for the Liberia match played in Morocco. It took a lot of pacifying on the part of the NFF before the Al Shabab allowed him to play the Lesotho match in Lagos.”
The Saudi giants are chasing the league title with them sitting second behind Al-Ittihad in the 16 team league.
The 31-year-old has netted 11 goals in the ongoing season and is currently the league’s top scorer.