Changchun Yatai of China striker, Odion Jude Ighalo has sent out another appeal to soccer fans for forgiveness, after death threats reportedly trailed his poor performance for the Super Eagles against Argentina on Tuesday.
Ighalo lost two crucial chances that could have shot Nigeria ahead in the last group match played in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, only for the team to eventually lose 2-1, and some agrieved fans have apparently taken their disappointments too far.
However, Ighalo is not fighting back or daring anyone, as he stressed that he remains apologetic for failing to convert the chances that could have given Nigeria victory and again appealed for forgiveness from the fans.
The ex-Lyn Oslo of Norway, Udinese of Italy, Granada of Spain and Watford of England star had earlier sent a similar appeal few hours after the match, which generated a lot of negative comments from fans, and accepted personal responsibility for the loss.
Ighalo, who replaced Kelechi Iheanacho in the second half of the match, failed to convert a goal bound pass from Ahmed Musa then missed a sitter that further incurred the anger of insatiable Nigerian fans.
He has now reacted to a death threat issued to his family in Lagos on social media, saying his failure to score opportunities against Argentina was not deliberate and he still regrets his misses.
Ighalo stated: “I am grateful to God I did not sustain any injury. All those who want to kill me should please remember that I am someone else’s child.
“It is a great experience to play at the World Cup and I enjoyed every moment of it. Some times things don’t work the way you want. But life has to go on.”