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Ighalo Joins Saudi Arabian Side, Al Shabab FC From Shanghai Shenhua

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English giants, Manchester United ended last month.

The 31-year-old was penned a two-and-a-half-year deal with the King Fahd Stadium outfit having passed his medical. He will wear the number 89 shirt for the club.

Ighalo, who joined Shanghai Shenhua in 2019, scored 10 goals in 19 appearances for the club, helping them to the 2019 Chinese FA Cup.

The former Watford and Granada striker then went on to score five goals in 23 appearances at Old Trafford on deadline day in January 2020 to sign for Manchester United.

The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) highest goalscorer’s representative had earlier confirmed that Ighalo turned down a host of clubs to join the six-time Saudi champions.

Ighalo’s representative hours before the move was made official told BBC Sport Africa;

Despite interest from other clubs, this is a good move for the player because Al Shabab showed ambition and commitment in their efforts to sign him.

Ighalo retired from international football in July 2019 having netted 16 goals in 35 games for Nigeria and was part of the squad that won a bronze medal during the AFCON which also held the same year in Egypt.

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