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‎CSL: Ighalo Bags 16th Goal In 20th Game As Changchun Yatai Draw At Home

‎CSL: Ighalo Bags 16th Goal In 20th Game As Changchun Yatai Draw At Home

By Johnny Edward:

Odion Ighalo fired salvaged a point for Changchun Yatai who forced Hebei CFFC to a 2-2 draw in a Chinese Super League clash on Sunday reports Completesportsnigeria.com.‎


The goal was Ighalo’s 16th CSL goal of the season in his 20th match for Changchun Yatai so far this seaaon.

Ezequiel Lavezzi scored the opener for Hebei CFFC in the eight minute of the encounter, but Adrian Mierzejewski drew Changchun Yatai level in the 71st minute.


Ayoub El Kaabi’s easy tap in looked to have sealed the win for Hebei CFFC seven minutes from time, but Ighalo finding himself in a one-on-one situation with Hebei CFFC‎ goalkeeper Ciao Yang, tucked in the leveller within a minute into additional time.

The 29 year old striker could have wrapped up a victory for Changchun Yatai in additional time, but his goal-bound shot was saved by the goalkeeper, Ciao Yang.

Changchun Yatai have now failed to win in their last two CSL games.

Ighalo is one of the strikers called up for Nigeria’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Seychelles next month.

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  • Okay, let me write something in Ighalo’s favour.

  • Does it have to come to “last minute chances”?

    Nigeria Vs Italy 1994; Nigeria Vs South Korea 2010; Nigeria Vs Argentina 2014.

    What do the 3 matches above have in common? In all 3, Nigeria’s exit from the world cup was due to the inability of the main striker to score what were easy chances.

    Yekini failed to bury a sitter from a cross with the keeper well beaten; Yakubu failed to tap in the easiest of chances while Ighalo blasted wide with the goal at his mercy .

    Had each of these striker scored, it would definitely have been a different story but my question is: why leave it til the very last minute?

    Why does it have to be 1 do or die goal?

    If the defence hadn’t gone to sleep in the dying minutes against Italy, Nigeria would have qualified for the quarter finals; if Sani Kaita have done a Bruce Lee against Greece, Nigeria may have qualified regardless of Yakubu’s monumental miss; had Gernot Rohr got his tactics right against Croatia, Nigeria would still have qualified despite Ighalo’s incompetence.

    So, rather than focus on Ighalo’s miss, let’s ask ourselves why it all at to hinge on that one chance!

    The former Watford man has not been profilic for Nigeria (fact) but he is one of the most prolific strikers in club football at the moment.

    Ighalo deserves his invitation for the match against Seychelles and I am pleading with all well-meaning Super Eagles supporters to give him another chance.

  • Correction: Nigeria Vs Argentina 2018.

  • Believe me or not nigeria are bless with free scoring strikers that are better than Ighalo, he may score 100 goals in china but how many goals has he score for super eagles and how many caps. 4 goals in 46 caps does not speak good for Ighalo. Pls Mr. Rohr should scout for a free scoring striker both in nigeria and all over the world