Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo has said he considered retiring from the national team after the Russia 2018 World Cup following death threats to him and his family over his performance at the tournament.

Ighalo endured a torrid tournament in Russia in June as the Super Eagles crashed out in the group stage of the competition – failing to find the back of the net despite being served chances – especially in the 2-1 loss to Argentina in their last group match.

The performance earned him criticisms from fans back home, with many taking to the social media to vent their anger on the 29-year-old.

However, the Chanchung Yatai striker has once again found his way to the hearts of the team’s fans after scoring five goals in the double-header 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Libya in Uyo and Sfax.

The former Watford striker in a video interview with KweseESPN said the period after the World Cup was tough for him and considered quitting the team.

The former Granada striker said he did not quit because Eagles’ coach Gernot Rohr convinced him to stay with the team.

He said the goals he scored against Libya were not to prove his doubters wrong.