Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare announced this on Tuesday when the former Manchester United star paid him a courtesy visit at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.
Browsing: Odion Ighalo
The striker enjoyed a short spell at Old Trafford in the 2020/21 season.
The 31-year-old joined from Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua in January last year on an initial six-month loan.
The 31-year-old announced his retirement from international duty in 2019 after helping the Super Eagles finish third at the Africa Cup of Nations, where he emerged as the top scorer.
The Nigerian shot the Riyadh-based club into the lead after 12 minutes, but the hosts levelled up in the 20th minute of the tie.
The forward, who scored his first goal for Al Shabab last Saturday, in their 4-0 defeat of Al Nassr, was substituted after starring for 63 minutes.
Having failed to score on his debut versus Al Raed, the 31-year-old made his presence count as the White Lions extended their winning streak to four at the King Saud University Stadium.
The centre-forward called time on his international career in 2019 after helping the West African side finish third at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
The former Super Eagles star was handed a two-and-a-half-year deal with the King Fahd Stadium outfit having passed his medical
The Nigerian international, 31, shared photos of himself and his agent in Riyadh following their arrival in Saudi.
The Nigerian striker has been linked with moves to Dubai, the Premier League and the MLS but a switch to the Middle East is now close to being completed after the two sides agreed to a deal.
The move is subject to him passing a medical and agreeing personal terms.
He stated earlier this month that he would have liked to stay at United for the rest of this season but also revealed an interest in moving to Major League Soccer.
The 31-year-old’s loan move at Old Trafford from Shanghai Shenhua is due to expire at the end of this month, and there will be no extension on the agreement.
Reports indicated that the Turkish side are hopeful of bringing him to the club, but finances are an issue and they’ll need to reach some kind of agreement over his wages.
The 31-year-old will see his loan from Shanghai Shenhua expire at the end of the season, and has started to look ahead to pastures new.
Red Devils skipper, Harry Maguire, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Nemanja Matic were preferred substitutes ahead of Ighalo in the tie
United face Ighalo’s former club Watford in the FA Cup.
The Nigerian striker signed a six-month loan deal back in January, which was then extended for a further six months.
Speaking on UTD Podcast, the Reds forward made the incredible revelation that he often went hungry during the week, in order to watch his heroes play on a Saturday or Sunday.