Ighalo happy to score against Cameroon

Daily Trust - - SPORT - By Mansur Abubakar @ mansur_112

Wat­ford of Eng­land striker Odion Ighalo has ex­pressed de­light to have scored his sec­ond in­ter­na­tional goal for the Su­per Ea­gles in Nige­ria’s 3-0 trounc­ing of the In­domitable Lions of Camer­oun on Sun­day night.

The Hor­nets for­ward who has scored five goals in the Premier League this sea­son, said af­ter the game thatý the win will boost the team’s con­fi­dence go­ing into the next game.

The Ea­gles will likely face Swaziland in a 2018 World Cup qual­i­fier in their next game in Novem­berý and Ighalo thinks the prospect of fea­tur­ing at the Mun­dial in Rus­sia is enough mo­ti­va­tion ahead of the fix­ture.

“I’m happy to get a goal ýbut most im­por­tantly the win has doused a lot of ten­sion and you can see from the way the team cel­e­brated ev­ery goal shows that with peace in camp we can con­quer,” Ighalo said.

Ighalo who headed home Elder­son Echiejile’s per­fect cross in the clos­ing stages of the game also ad­mit­ted he wasn’t at his best in the Ea­gles 2-0 loss to Congo last Thurs­day.

“It wasn’t my day and I guess that was why I lost my place (to Em­manuel Emenike) in the start­ing line-up against Camer­oun,” he added.

“There’s still more work to be done to sus­tain the tempo which coach Sun­day Oliseh de­mands from the team.

“We have more work to do be­cause the coach’s style in­volves you stay­ing men­tally alert for quick re­ac­tions.

“We know what is at stake and I be­lieve ev­ery­body wants to be at the World Cup so that’s a mo­ti­va­tion on its own.”

Mean­while, for­mer Min­is­ter of Sports Col. Musa Mo­hammed (rtd) yesterday told Daily Trust that the 2017 African Cup of Na­tions and 2018 FIFA World Cup qual­i­fiers would of­fer the best op­por­tu­ni­ties to fully as­sess progress or oth­er­wise be­ing made by Su­per Ea­gles man­ager Sun­day Oliseh.

The ex-Yobe State Mil­i­tary Ad­min­is­tra­tor added that he was im­pressed by the Ea­gles show­ing in the 3-0 tri­umph over Camer­oun in Sun­day’s friendly.

“To be hon­est I was im­pressed with the game which was a su­pe­rior show­ing to the Congo match but in my opin­ion we should all wait till af­ter the qual­i­fiers be­fore we could have a full grasp of Oliseh’s Ea­gles in its en­tirety” Mo­hammed said.

Odion Ighalo of Wat­ford fights for the ball with Jack Col­back of New­cas­tle dur­ing their match in the Bar­clays English Premier League.

Zakari Baraje

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