Odion Ighalo Joins Al Shabab

Odion Ighalo has joined Saudi side Al Shabab after his loan spell at Manchester United came to an end.

The 31-year-old scored five goals while on loan at Old Trafford but has now found a new permanent home after leaving Shanghai Shenhua

The Nigerian forward has signed for Saudi Arabian side Al Shabab on a two-and-a-half year deal.


Al Shabab are currently top of the Saudi Professional League, just past the halfway stage of the season. They are looking to win their first league title since 2011-12, with Ighalo a welcome capture.

He will link up with Argentina international Ever Banega, who joined from Sevilla at the end of last season, as well as former Real Betis and Wolves midfielder Alfred N’Diaye.

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He finished with five goals in 23 appearances for United but fell out of favour after the arrival of Edinson Cavani, with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford also ahead of him in the pecking order for the central striking position.

Frank Fremer is a seasoned journalist, blogger and political analyst for over a decade in Uganda

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