Super Eagles forward Odion Ighalo says Sunday’s shocking defeat to Madagascar is a wake-up call to the side as they continue their chase for a fourth Africa Cup of Nations title in Egypt, Completesports.com reports.
The West Africans who are already through to the Round of 16 after winning their opening two games against Burundi and Guinea, put up a shambolic display against the debutants.
It was Madagascar’s first win against Nigeria in five meetings.
A goal in each half of the encounter from Lalaina Nomenjanahary and Carolus Andriamahitsinoro moved Nigeria to second spot in Group B behind the Barea.
“I think this is a wake-up call for us, today, we played very poorly, we were relaxed and our mentality was not very good. Probably it is because we have already qualified, but this game has shown us that there is no easy team in this competition,” Ighalo told reporters after the game.
“We have to go back, regroup and ensure we do well in the next game which is a match with no room for mistakes.”
The Super Eagles will meet the second placed team in Group F in the Round of 16 which will be Ghana or Benin Republic.
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