African Players Should Hit China For The Financial Benefits – Ighalo

Former Watford striker Odion Ighalo has been amazed by the quality of football in China and says that he would advice other players to make the move.

The 28-year-old left the Hornets in January 2017 to  be with Chinese Super League side Changchun Yatai for £20m.

The Nigerian striker scored 15 goals in 27 gamesin his debut season, also scoring  20 and 16 goals in his first two seasons at Vicarage Road, in the Championship and Premier League respectively.

The transition for Ighalo has been smooth but he believes the division is always getting stronger.

The former Hornet played in Nigeria, Norway, Italy, Spain and England before heading to China and he reckons other African players should give the country a chance.

Ighalo  told  BBC Sport,  “If the opportunity jumps on them and they think properly about it, they should go because it’s an opportunity to make some money, play in Asia and to experience the life and culture there.

“Moving from England to China is a different life, the time difference, the way they live, the food, so it’s totally different from what I had experienced but for me it’s normal.

“Every country you go to play, you experience different and new things. I have played in six countries so it’s not new to me.”

He said, “Before I went there, people were saying the level of the Chinese League is very low and you are going to score a lot of goals.

“When I got there I saw a different football game. There are a lot of foreign coaches and foreign players improving the league and the league is getting tougher and stronger.

“Football in China is still growing. I have played a season and this is my second season. I am enjoying the life there and the football.

“When I went there I was expecting a lower class of the league but when I arrived I saw how tough it is and said this is not what I had heard about.

“This is not what people were talking about. It’s tough and it’s difficult to score goals.”

Ighalo Aims At Fifth Super Eagles Goal Vs Poland

Changchun Yatai striker Odion Ighalo is looking forward to his fifth Super Eagles goal when they face Poland in a friendly in Wroclaw from 8.45pm tonight, but he insists he is not under pressure.

Ighalo, who will lead the Super Eagles attack on his return to the team after he missed two previous games against Algeria and Argentina due to injury, has scored four goals in 13 international appearances for the Super Eagles.

“Hopefully, I can get a goal or two but the most important thing is to see how we perform as a team. There’s no pressure,” Ighalo told CSN.

The 29-year-old striker scored on his official debut for Nigeria in a 2-0 win over Chad in Kaduna on the 13th of June, 2015.

The former Watford and Granada striker also scored against Cameroon in a 3-0 international win in Belgium on the 10th of November, 2015.

Ighalo went on a five-game goal drought before scoring his third goal against Luxembourg in another friendly on the 31st of May, 2016.

His fourth strike came against Cameroon in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in Uyo. Nigeria won the game 4-0 on October 1, 2017.

Friday’s game will be the first time both Poland and Nigeria will clash at full international level.

Ighalo Rejoins Chinese Side, Changchum Yatai

Super Eagles striker​,​ Odion Ighalo, has rejoined his Chinese Super League  (CSL ) club, Changchun Yatai for pre-season ahead of the new season which kicks off in March.
Ighalo’s arrival quashes, for now, any transfer reports linking him with a move away from the club during the January transfer window.

 

The 28 year old scored 15 goals in 27 appearances in his debut season with seven assists for Changchun Yatai who finished in seventh position ​in the CSL ​last season.

 

Ighalo posted a picture of himself running and undergoing some exercise with his fitness trainer, with a message beneath it on his official Twitter handle.
“Pre-season mode activated⚽,”Ighalo tweeted.
Changchun Yatai will kick off their season in the CSL with a home fixture against Beijing Renhe.
Ighalo recently helped the Super Eagles qualify for a sixth FIFA World Cup appearance, scoring one goal in three appearances for Nigeria in the African qualifiers.

Eagles Striker, Ighalo, Wants Watford Stay

Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo has said he will be happy to stay put at English Premier League side Watford next season.

The 26-year-old striker scored 16 goals in all competitions this season and speculations have been rife he could quit Vicarage Road.

The striker himself said he turned down a huge offer to move to China in January and there are likely to be other offers for him this summer.

But the striker, who is on 30,000 pounds-a-week, has maintained he will happy to stay at Watford.

“My agent will sit down with Watford and I will be happy if they want me to stay at Watford,” Ighalo told Sky Sports.

In September, Ighalo signed a new deal at Watford that will keep him at the club till 2020.

Iwobi Outshines Ighalo As Arsenal Stroll Past Watford

Nigeria youngster Alex Iwobi outshone fellow Super Eagles star Odion Ighalo after he scored in Arsenal 4-0 win to further endanger Watford’s survival hopes in the Premier League.

Iwobi, whose appearance for Nigeria was limited after he recovered from food poisoning on international duty last week, struck after 38 minutes courtesy of an assist by Alexis Sanchez, who laid the ball into the path of the youngster who only had to slide home from inside the box.

It was the 19-year-old midfielder’s second goal in the Premier League.

The impressive Iwobi was later substituted in the 74th minute.

Ighalo, on the other hand, was replaced after 46 minutes when he failed to add to his 15-goal tally.

Watford remain on 37 points, three points shy of the magical 40 points many reckon would keep a club up in the English top flight.

It was a sweet revenge for Arsenal, who were sent packing in the quarterfinal of the FA Cup by Watford at The Emirates.

Nigeria youngster Alex Iwobi outshone fellow Super Eagles star Odion Ighalo after he scored in Arsenal 4-0 win to further endanger Watford’s survival hopes in the Premier League.

Iwobi, whose appearance for Nigeria was limited after he recovered from food poisoning on international duty last week, struck after 38 minutes courtesy of an assist by Alexis Sanchez, who laid the ball into the path of the youngster who only had to slide home from inside the box.

It was the 19-year-old midfielder’s second goal in the Premier League.

The impressive Iwobi was later substituted in the 74th minute.

Ighalo, on the other hand, was replaced after 46 minutes when he failed to add to his 15-goal tally.

Watford remain on 37 points, three points shy of the magical 40 points many reckon would keep a club up in the English top flight.

It was a sweet revenge for Arsenal, who were sent packing in the quarterfinal of the FA Cup by Watford at The Emirates.

Pharaohs Beatable In Egypt – Ighalo

Watford striker Odion Ighalo has said he believes Nigeria could still get the victory they desperately need against Egypt on Tuesday to stay on course for next year’s AFCON in Gabon. Nigeria failed to beat visiting Egypt in Friday’s must-win match in Kaduna and now travel to Alexandria on Tuesday for the reverse fixture against the seven-time African champions.

The Super Eagles thus remain two points behind group leaders Egypt after three rounds of matches in the qualifying tournament with only the overall group winners assured automatic qualification to Gabon 2017.

“Egypt got a draw in Nigeria and I believe we can still go over there to win,” declared Ighalo, who was kept quiet by the Egyptian defence on Friday for the duration of the game.

“It was disappointing that we did not concentrate till the last minute and that they didn’t give us the fair play, but we can still win on Tuesday.”

Goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi said the target remains a win in Egypt. “We need the three points in Egypt. It will be a tough task, but we are very capable,” said the South Africa-based shot stopper.

“We will fight to get the victory in Egypt,” added defiant Gent forward Moses Simon, who started the game on Friday ahead of Chelsea loanee Victor Moses.