Ighalo: Nigeria’s AFCON Hopes Not Lost Yet

Ighalo: Nigeria’s AFCON Hopes Not Lost Yet

By Johnny Edward In Kaduna:

Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo, says Nigeria's hopes of qualifying for 2017 AFCON  are not lost yet after their 1-1 draw with Egypt in Friday’s first leg encounter  in Kaduna, Completesportsnigeria.com can report.


The Watford of England forward who reacted shortly after the first leg match said if the Pharaohs of Egypt could pick a draw here in Nigeria, the Super Eagles can as well go to Alexandra to pick a win.

Ighalo who scored the second goal in the Super Eagles 2-0 win over Chad in the Match Day One of the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers, says it was painful allowing the Egyptians to share points with Nigeria in the match.

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“We did not do badly, we gave our best, and you can see that from the way we played the match, but we were very unlucky to have ended the match 1-1,” says the Watford striker.

Ighalo adds: “Despite this result, I don’t want to believe that we are out yet. We are going to learn from this match and improved on that in the second leg in Alexandra. The hope of qualifying is still very much alive."

 Meanwhile, the Super Eagles are expected to depart the country’s shores on Monday for the return leg match scheduled for Tuesday in Alexandria.

Egypt still top the Group G with seven points while Nigeria remain in second position with 5 points.  


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  • Yes o. If these Egyptians can come here and go away with a draw, we can go there and come with a win. This match is an eye opener. Siasia and Amuneke should put heads together and fashion out some strategy. We do not need a draw. We need our 4 points from these 2 matches. It remains 3 points which we must get on Tuesday. Ighalo should replicate his club form where he use to harrass the defence of oppossing teams. He should not show his timidity here o. I just no understand this Odion guy. The two Victors must start and Iwobi should start before Iheanacho. Why not travel on Sunday and rest before the Tuesday match. Still staying in Nigeria is unnecessary distraction. Taking Egyptian airline is another risk I feel. These Egyptians are yeye people o. They don't care about how well you treat them. They make sure they show you pepper so as to win.