Money pushed me to China from Watford –Ighalo

Adeolu Johnson   Former Super Eagles striker has explained the details behind his unpopular move to the Chinese Super League three years ago. Ighalo has confessed that financial gains were the primary reason he left Premier League side, Watford, on 31 January 2017. The former Granada striker moved to Changchun Yatai for a reported fee of £20m. Ighalo joined the Hornets in 2014 and quickly became a cult hero at Vicarage Road after hisgoalshelped Watford securePremier League promotion the following year. But after scoring 33 league goals in his first…

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Ighalo, Iwobi, Ndidi, Uzoho shortlisted for 2019 CAF Best XI

The Nigerian quartet could be rewarded for their impressive displays this year, having been nominated for the continent’s best XI Former Nigeria international Odion Ighalo, Alex Iwobi, Wilfred Ndidi and Francis Uzoho have been shortlisted for the 2019 Caf best XI. Shanghai Greenland Shenhua striker Ighalo delivered impressive showings at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. The former Watford forward scored five goals in the competition to win the Golden Boot award and helped the Super Eagles clinch their eighth bronze medal before his retirement from international duty.…

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Social media lands Ighalo in trouble

Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo may be sanctioned by Shanghai Shenhua for violating the club’s rules and regulations on social media. Shanghai Shenhua Football Club confirms the striker will face disciplinary action following his activities on social media. Odion who his recuperating after sustaining injury at the Africa Cup of Nations AFCON where he represented Nigeria spent more time on social media posting holiday photos and videos, which did not go down too well with the Chinese outfit. In a statement released by Shanghai Shenhua on Weibo, it was confirmed…

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Ighalo set for Eagles U-turn

Odion Ighalo is set to rescind his decision to quit the Nigeria national team, the Super Eagles, New Telegraph has learnt. The Shenhua Shanghai striker sensationally announced his retirement from international football after helping the Super Eagles to third place finish at the 2019 African Cup of Nations hosted by Egypt. Ighalo scored impressive five goals to emerge the highest goal scorer at the competition and many Nigerians were surprised the former Watford hit man called it quit after such impressive showing. Eagles Manager Gernot Rohr had said Ighalo was…

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How B’Bafana stopped me – Ighalo

Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo has said South Africa did well to contain him in their quarter-final clash but that tactics hurt the Bafana Bafana at the end as they fell to a 2-0 defeat. Ighalo who is still one of the leading contenders for the Golden Shoe with three goals, hardly had a sniff throughout the encounter but he told our correspondent that he was happy that allowed the wingers to create chances as Nigeria won at the end of the day. “It was very difficult because if you…

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Euro giants eye Ighalo

  Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo could make a sensational return to Europe during the current transfer window. The former Udinese forward spent 10 years in Europe before he joined Yatai Changhai from Watford two years ago. He was linked with a return to Europe last summer before he signed Shenhua Shanghai. However, following his stellar run in the ongoing African Cup of Nations, the former Granada star has been linked with English giants Crystal Palace and Everton. Sources also said French side Marseille are also interested in his services.…

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Ighalo, Balogun tear Eagles’ camp apart

Players fall out with coach   There is palpable unrest in the camp of the Super Eagles ahead of their round of 16 clash with Cameroon after two keys players clashed with Manager Gernot Rohr. Our correspondent learnt that striker Odion Ighalo and defender Leon Balogun clashed with Rohr after the coach openly criticised them for the loss to Madagascar on their last group game. Sources in the squad confirmed that the two players had heated altercations with the coach at their Helnan Palestine Hotel camp when he used harsh…

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Ighalo praises self despite criticism

Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo has defended himself after his missed sitter in Nigeria’s second match at the Africa Cup of Nations against Guinea on Wednesday in Alexandria, Egypt, as he insists he is more relaxed, confident and composed than he used to be. While many Nigerian fans criticised the Shanghai Shenghua of China forward’s decision to go for goal midway through the first half of the match rather than pass to an unmarked Ahmed Musa, Ighalo believes his all-round performances in two matches so far have been commendable. Coincidentallyy,…

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Ighalo: Eagles have what it takes to win

Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo believes that the Super Eagles can go all the way to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals and win the title for the fourth time. The biennial tournament is set to commence in Egypt on Friday and Nigeria will kick-off their Group B campaign a day later against Burundi at the Alexandria Stadium. Ighalo was the top scorer during the qualification round for the this year’s AFCON with seven goals, and he remains confident that Nigeria have the quality to conquer the rest of the…

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AFCON: Ighalo resumes full training with Eagles

Shanghai Shenhua and Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo, has resumed full training with the rest of the Nigerian squad as the team continues preparations in Ismailia for the Africa Cup of Nations, our source revealed. The former Watford FC forward has been out after sustaining a minor injury in Shenhua’s 1-1 draw against Tianjin Teda in a Chinese Super League encounter and missed the Super Eagles warm-up friendly against Zimbabwe last weekend in Asaba. Ighalo had some training sessions with the team in Asaba but was not dressed for the…

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