Shanghai Greenland Shenhua of China striker, Odion Jude Ighalo has sent a thank you message to his colleagues in the Super Eagles for helping him emerge as top scorer in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Ighalo’s converted penalty last Friday against Seychelles took his goals haul to seven overall in the race to Egypt 2019, and footballlive.ng can report that the former Watford of England star is excited with the feat, even as he dedicated it to the entire Nigerian team.
Ighalo said he appreciates efforts of his teammates and the coaching crew in boosting his top scoring mettle, as he placed ahead of Fiston Abdul-Razak of Burundi (with six), as well as Comoros’ El Fardou Ben Nabouhane and Zimbabwe’s Knowledge Musona who got five each.
The 29-year-old Ighalo got one each away and home against Seychelles, plus a hat-trick at home against Libya and one away, before sealing the feat on Friday, as Nigeria finished top of Group E with 13 points.
Incidentally, heading into their sixth and last match of the series, Eagles’ coach, Gernot Rohr stated boldly as a media briefing that he would love seeing Ighalo end as top scorer, and it was no surprise his pals allowed him take the penalty that took him top, footballlive.ng further reports.
In the aftermath of all that achievement in the Delta State capital, the former Flying Eagles captain, who grew up in Ajegunle area of Lagos State, is now singing songs of praise to his teammates and coaches.
Ighalo said: “I want to thank everybody for this good gesture. I dedicate this to the team because without the team it won’t be possible.
“I want to thank the coach for the opportunity and all the staff for all the good work.”