Changchun Yatai of China striker, Odion Jude Ighalo has added emotional and nostalgic angles to next month’s international friendly between England and Nigeria, as he says the game would accord him the chance of meeting some players he used to hobnob with.
Ighalo took his mind back to over two seasons playing for Watford first in the English Championship and then the Premier League, hence his anticipation of revived memories of the good days when he lines out with the Super Eagles at Wembley Stadium on June 2.
Ighalo, who is enjoying one of his most prolific seasons to date, with six goals in his last five games for Yatai, landed in Lagos from London on Tuesday morning and moved to the camp in Uyo on Wednesday.
He is not getting carried away, despite many observers saying he is guaranteed a seat on the plane to Russia in what would be his first World Cup.
Rather, Ighalo says he is hoping to impress the coaching staff led by Gernot Rohr during the training camp so as to cement his spot in the starting line-up.
Ighalo said: ”England have a very good and fantastic team, we are not going to underrate them.
”We have a good team too, but at the end of that day it will be eleven players against eleven players on the pitch.
”I am looking forward to that game because I have played in the Premier League before and I’ll like to see some familiar players on the pitch again.”