Chikatara, Ighalo, Iheanacho Up For Complete Sports Player Of The Month

Chikatara, Ighalo, Iheanacho Up For Complete Sports Player Of The Month presents the three nominees for the January 2016 Complete Sports Player of the Month, the Nigerian stars who were outstanding for club or country (or both) during the past month.
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Profiles written by James Agberebi:

Kelechi Iheanacho has continued to grow in leaps and bounds since breaking into the first team of Manchester City this season.
The 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup Most Valuable Player has justified the faith placed in him by Manuel Pellegrini, scoring goals and also providing assists for team-mates.
And it didn't come as a surprise when he was eventually nominated for last year's Golden Boy Award, which was won by Manchester United Anthony Martial.
Iheanacho had a very good January.
On Saturday 9 January, Iheanacho was on target for Manchester City, who beat Norwich 3-0 in the FA Cup. Iheanacho scored the second goal for City.
In the game against struggling Aston Villa on Saturday 16 January, Iheanacho created an assist for Sergio Aguero in a 4-0 win. He later went off for Yaya Toure on 57 minutes.
On Saturday 23 January, City played against West Ham in the EPL which ended 2-2. Iheanacho was introduced for Fabian Delph with 14 minutes remaining in the game.
And on Saturday 30 January, Iheanacho grabbed his first ever hat-trick as City demolish Aston Villa 4-0 in an FA Cup fifth round tie.
And as a reward for his excellent display, Pellegrini included him in City's Champions League squad ahead of the round of 16 fixtures.
Four goals in January for a youngster is no mean feat.

Current Complete Sports Player of the Year winner, Odion Ighalo, has returned to what he knows how to do best, which is scoring goals for Watford City after experiencing a mini-drought.
The former Granada forward, has contributed a lot to Watford's impressive performances in the Premier League that one would have wondered where they would have been without his goals.
And to cap a wonderful display, Ighalo and his manager Quique Sanchez Flores were voted Premier League Player and Manager for the month of December.
Ighalo was in action for Watford against Manchester City on Saturday 2 January. Unfortunately, Ighalo, who played 90 minutes in the game, couldn't prevent the Hornets from losing 2-1 at Vicarage Road.
On Saturday 9 January, Ighalo came off the bench to replace Jose Jurado in Watford's FA Cup home tie against Newcastle. Watford went on to win the game.
In a Premier League clash away to Southampton, held on Wednesday 13 January, Ighalo was in action for 90 minutes but Watford fell 2-0 to the Saints.
Watford's poor form in the league continued when they took on Swansea on Monday 18 January as they lost 1-0. Ighalo featured in the game, but couldn't rescued at least a point for Watford.
Ighalo returned to scoring ways as he helped Watford bounce back following their 2-1 home win against Newcastle on Saturday 23 January. He not only scored, he also provided an assist.
And in the FA Cup game away to Nottingham Forest, on Saturday 30 January, Ighalo came off the bench to score the only goal in a 1-0 win to advance into the next round.

Despite a very poor outing by the home-based Super Eagles at the on-going Africa Nations Championship, crashing out in the group stage, Abia Warriors forward, Chisom Chikatara, distinguished himself.
The young striker impressed many with his skills, positioning and goal sense to the amazement of everybody.
Popularly known as the 'Kolanut boy', even the legendary Roger Milla, tipped him for great things in the future.
And it is not a surprise that Chikatara, will not be showcasing his talents in the Nigerian Premier League when the new season kicks off, as he is onhos way to Moroccan giants Wydad Casablanca.
Starting from the bench, Chikatara was introduced against Niger Republic in Nigeria's first game on Monday 18 January at the Africa Nations Championship, and he unleashed mayhem, scoring a hat-trick in a 4-1 win.
On Friday 22 January, Chikatara continued his goal-scoring form as he netted the first goal against Tunisia. The North-Africans rallied back through Ahmed Akaichi to end the game 1-1.
And in the last group game against Guinea on Tuesday 26 January, the Eagles needed just a draw but ended up losing 1-0. Chikatara came on in the second half but couldn't salvage anything for the team, as they crashed out of the tournament.


  • The battle forthe player of the month is between Odion Ighalo and Kelechi Iheanacho. Forget Chikatara 'kalanut boy.' Losing the CHAN chance made it impossible to give him anything. Kelechi became recognisable when he scored the 3 goals at the FA cup. Apart from that he was always a sub in all the league matches. ighalo was a regular in all the league matches with so many rumour about his going to a big club in January window. That means he is a big time player now and Watford are proud of him. He is a good ambassador of Nigeria in the EPL. Many more Nigerians will soon be on their way to the EPL. Musa just missed out. All because of Ighlo's performance in the EPL. So the player of the month and many more months should go to Odion Ighalo.

  • Ighalo Odion 3 years ago

    Odion Ighalo has remain one of my most valuable and respected Nigeria international player for now. His outstanding performance this season and last season is something one cannot but imaging if he was born to scoring. He has really distinguished himself beyond reasonable doubt, haven’t scored 20 goals last season to qualified his team Watford from relegation to EPL. In the vein, Ighalo who has be know for scoring goal continue doing what he knows how to do best by scoring 14 EPL goals and also scored the only FA winning goal to qualified his team Watford for the next round. therefore, he deserve this honour. I urged the panel to reward this outstanding player Odion Ighalo, by giving him this prestigious award. Thanks

  • oj d man 3 years ago

    i am giving it CHIKATARA… the only naija boy that has scored a hat trick from the bench

  • zicky 3 years ago

    Iheanacho for me, ighalo is a nice player overall bt for the month of January it should b kelechi 19yrs old with so much confidence, you can see the way he took the ball from sterling for the penalty

  • elijah the footballer 3 years ago

    i vote 4 iheanacho,the hatrick crooner has been outstanding, scorin 8 goalz n 6 assist in 268 min…iheanacho.

  • Harlarty 3 years ago

    I love this