Super Eagles hit man Odion Ighalo says his priority is help Nigeria win fourth African Cup of Nations title and stressed that he’s not hunting for personal glory.
Ighalo has netted on three occasions , same as Algeria‘s AdamOunas and Sadio Mane of Senegal , with the three players still very much in the tournament.
Speaking ahead of the Super Eagles quater final clash with South Africa billed for Cairo international stadium, the forward who scored seven goals to finish as the top scorer during the qualifierssaid fourth Afcon title for Nigeria is far more important than individual glory.
“Yeah, it will be nice to win it but I will put more priority on winning the AFCON title than Golden boot award. If I do not win the Golden Boot award and we win the trophy, I will be very happy because we are here to do that. I am a striker and I want to score goals but if the goals do not come and we are winning, our matches I would be more satisfied,” Ighalo said.
Ighalo has endured a difficult time with Nigeria football fans following his below per performance during the world cup in 2018, with many still in doubt of the Chinese base talent to lead the Eagles attack.
However, Ighalo who is aware of the constant criticisms , says he’s not bordered by the sticks he gets whenever he failed to deliver and believe he is professional enough to deal with it.
“I do not really pay attention to critics because I am a professional and people are bound to criticize me. I think everybody here has been criticized one way or the other but you don’t let that get to you.
”I just do my job as long as my coach is satisfied with my job and everything I give in the field of play. I do not really pay attention to what people say outside there, I just do my job and give my best, sometimes it might not be enough but I am satisfied and I will always give my best,” Ighalo added.
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