Al-Shabab stated that Ighalo signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with the Saudi Al-Asimi club.
The youth account published a photo of an eagle flying in the sky of Riyadh moments before the official announcement of the deal, in reference to the nickname of the Nigerian national team called “Eagles.”
Ighalo, 31, joins Al Shabab directly after playing on loan with Manchester United from January 2020 until January 2021, a year during which he played 23 games with the Red Devils, and scored 5 goals.
Ighalo has many previous experiences in the world of football, most notably with Udinese, Granada, Cesena and Watford, and with the latter he made his name and scored 40 goals with him in 100 games.
Ighalo later moved to the Chinese League and played for Changchun Yatai and Shanghai Shenhua.
Ighalo has 35 international matches with Nigeria, during which he scored 16 goals, participated in the 2018 World Cup, and contributed to the Eagles’ 2019 African Nations bronze by scoring 5 goals on the land of Egypt.
Young people in its ranks include a group of professionals, most notably Argentine Ever Banega and Senegalese Alfred Ndiaye.
Al-Shabab occupies first place in the Saudi League with 32 points from 16 matches, two points behind their pursuit of Al-Hilal.