- Odion Ighalo fancies winning the topscorer award like Emenike, others at AFCON 2019
- Segun Odegbami, Rashidi Yekini, Julius Aghahowa, Austin Okocha and Emmanuel Emenike have won the prize in past AFCON
- Ighalo alongside the trio of Sadio Mané, Cédric Bakambu and Adam Ounas are tied on three times each at AFCON 2019
and Shanghai Greenland Shenhua forward Odion Ighalo says he fancies following the foot-steps of ex-Nigerian legends - Segun Odegbami, Rashidi Yekini, Julius Aghahowa, Austin Okocha and Emmanuel Emenike by emerging topscorer at the end of 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.
Ighalo, who previously plied his trade with Premier League side Watford, is listed among the front runners for topscorers’ prize after netting three times so far, same as the trio of Sadio Mané, Cédric Bakambu and Adam Ounas.
Speaking with allnigeriasoccer.com, Ighalo was quick to admit that despite his quest for the topscorer award, team success supersedes individual glory.
''It will be nice but first I'll put the team ahead because if I don't win the Golden Boot and we win the trophy I'll be very happy because we are here to do that,” Ighalo was quoted as saying at Tuesday press conference ahead Nigeria vs South Africa quarterfinal clash on Wednesday, July 10.
''I am a striker, I want to score goals but if the goal does not come and we win the game, I'll be more satisfied.''
Interestingly, Ighalo remains Nigeria’s topscorer since the Gernot Rohrs reign as manager, netting 11 times in competitive games under the Franco-German.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that ex-Nigerian captain,as president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) after Nigeria’s 2-0 bashing from Madagascar during the preliminary rounds of the ongoing 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.
Speaking as a guest on Channels TV’s morning programme, Sunrise Daily, on Monday, July 8, Odegbami condemned Rohr’s attitude during Nigeria’s matches, stressing the Franco-German football tactician appeared “too relaxed” even when his side is trailing during a game.
Fondly known as the ‘Mathematical’ by fans and admirers during his active days, Odegbami demanded NFF chiefs to always go for a manager, who the players can hear his voice while dishing out instructions during matches.
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