Ighalo Subbed Off Injured In Changchun Home Draw, Doubtful For Bafana – Eagles Clash

Ighalo Subbed Off Injured In Changchun Home Draw, Doubtful For Bafana – Eagles Clash

By Adeboye Amosu:
Nigeria forward, Odion Ighalo, is doubtful for the Super Eagles’ 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa after picking up an injury in Changchun Yatai’s 2-2 home draw against Tianjin Quanjin in a Chinese Super League clash on Wednesday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Ighalo was replaced in 17th minute of the encounter by Lasse Vibe following the injury.

Nigeria will face Bafana Bafana in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matchday-five fixture at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg on November 19.

The former Watford striker who was widely criticized for his poor showing at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in South Africa has been one of the key performers for the Super Eagles in recent outings.

Ighalo scored six goals in his last three games for the three-time African champions.

He is also the second top scorer in the Chinese Super League with 21 goals five adrift of Shanghai SPIG’s Wu Lei who has hit the back of the net 26 times.

Elche of Spain goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho has already been ruled out of the game through injury with Enyimba’s Theophilus Afelokhai already named as his replacement.

Nigeria top Group E with nine points, one more than Bafana Bafana who sit in second position with eight points. Libya occupy third position with four points, while Seychelles, at the bottom, have one point.

The Super Eagles will aim to avenge their 2-0 loss to the Bafana Bafana in the reverse fixture at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium, Uyo last year.

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  • abdulrahman 1 year ago

    I hope south Africa are not using JuJu for Nigeria like this,first is uzoho now it’s ighalo

  • Omo9ja 1 year ago

    I wish you a speed recovery bro. No shaking Nigerians. No matter what, they are still going to eat their cain. God is in control. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • darey 1 year ago

    get well soon…..enter isaac success and osimhen

  • Chima E Samuels 1 year ago

    The true test and they seem to be shying away. Hmmm Uzoho and Ighalo don’t worry when it is sychelles and Libya everyone will be ready to play.

    • Greenturf 1 year ago

      Haha Chima funny that :))

    • Chairmanfemi 1 year ago

      Are you sick?? Which player doesn’t get injured? Messi got injured when they’ve got El-Classico and Inter Milan back to back–Does that mean he’s shying away cuz of the opponents? You’re always looking for a way to criticize super Eagles player cuz your players aren’t there. Go get some life

      • Chima E Samuels 1 year ago

        You craze I was making my comment who you help? And as for Drey your days of madness are numbered!

        • Dr. Drey 1 year ago

          Hahahahaha…..Thank God my days of madness are numbered…that means I’ll be fine very soon. Unlike you whose madness in incurable…especially when you realized that your fringe players cannot get into the national team unless the really important ones get injured…..LMAO

        • Dr. Drey 1 year ago

          Apparently, advancement in age doesn’t mean advancement in sense, otherwise which sane human being will claim the first choice players in the national team are “intentionally” getting injured to avoid being called up for games.
          Really, CSN should start doing IQ, Psychometric and Psychiatric tests before allowing people register on this comment forum…..LMAO….

        • Lol how on earth can U think that eagles players are afraid of south Africa. I dey stay for south Africa if U see the way the fans dey fear , y no go talk like dat even the coach dey take courage in the first match having accepted that will play different eagles

        • Chima you too get time why you day drag drey in this matter

        • Chima E Samuels 1 year ago

          In reality I will never see South Africa as a walk over compared to Libya and Sychelles. Even though we dominated them for years but all along a win against them was always hard fought South Africa is a football country let’s not make any mistake. We better humble ourselves and take our chances.

    • Dr. Drey 1 year ago

      Later, they will say they dont hate our players…that they are only “encouraging” them. Character is like smoke, no matter how hard you try to conceal it, it will always find a way of oozing out….especially if its the foul smelling type

    • Omo9ja 1 year ago

      Oh my goodness. Hahahahaha, funny you bro. Anyways, South Africans are very scared of Super Eagles now. God bless Nigeria!!!

      • Oakfield 1 year ago

        Loooooool…. I dy tells u bro…. U just got me rolling on the floor…. Lol

  • Greenturf 1 year ago

    Sometimes this things happens for a good reason.
    This is a great opportunity for Success to establish himself in the super eagles.
    Apparently,the south African coaches would have done a good job on Ighalo who may have a quiet game.You don’t expect him to score lots of goals in every game like he did most recently.
    Success may not ring a bell to them which may be our joker on the match day.
    I believe this things happens for a good reason and someone’s destiny is knocking on the 17th.
    God bless Nigeria!

    • Aleks 1 year ago

      Good to see a reasonable comment after reading some very insane stuff above. Thanks @Greenturf!

    • Chima E Samuels 1 year ago

      Well said!

  • Edoman of New Jersey, USA 1 year ago

    This is bad news for Nigeria. Never the less, we have equally effective sub to replace Ighalo for this match. The motto remains the same. TO BEAT BAFANA AT THEIR HOME LAND IS A TAST THAT MUST BE ATTAINED.

  • Sunnyb 1 year ago

    @Abdulrahman, you funny, no juju, any player can be injured anytime, don’t worry Success is ready to shine.

  • Dr. Drey 1 year ago

    For me this is a piece of good news, although i’m not happy our player is injured, but knowing G.Rohr to be a very conservative coach, which is typical of germans, he hardly ever likes to tinker too much with his selections unless situations like these occur…whc is quite understandable. Nevertheless, it is a welcome situation in which we will get to see either Onyekuru, Success or Osimhen get some more game time in the SE set up. I wished Simy was invited, he would have been the best bet to step in, given that he’s been part of the set up since before the world cup and as starred in 2 friendly matches previously, with high marks in both games. Mathematically, we are already through to 2019 afcon since both libya and SA cannot both earn 6 points from their next 2 matches. So our fringe players can actually come in and have some game time, the match being a grudge match notwithstanding.

    • Joel Chidi 1 year ago

      Dr Dre mathematically we have not qualified yet. If S.A defeats Nigeria(GOD FORBID), that would be 11points for them.if the Libyans win S.A and Seychelles that takes them to 10points while we are still on 9points.if we lose to Seychelles (which is highly unlikely), we will be out of the AFCON qualifiers. This is a possibility but highly unlikely. Just letting you know that it is not mathematically done but we are very close to qualifying. A draw is enough to qualify us but for now, we are not yet mathematically safe. Cheers

      • Dr. Drey 1 year ago

        Thanks Joel.
        Thanks for that frank piece of analysis.
        Pardon the fact that I didnt state my assumptions of us rolling over seychelles in our last game at home. Even tho football can be funny at times. I had assumed variables such as the quality of opposition and the fact that we’ll be playing at home will be unity. Dont mind me bro. That was how France failed to qualify for USA 94 needing just 2 points from their last 3 games in the qualifiers with 2 of those games being home games….they ended up loosing 2, including a home game and drawing their last. Lol. Football is like biscuit they say, u never know where it will crack. Thanks once more bro.

      • Ash Williams 1 year ago

        Thanks Joel. It pays to get our facts right before presenting them in any public space. We look like a fool otherwise.
        There’s only so many times we can present fake stats only to refer to them either as mistakes or to admit their shortcomings when found out.
        Your counter analysis was good, thorough and irrefutable.

        • Dr. Drey 1 year ago

          Hahahaha…..Ashy Slashy my man…Welcome back. Hope you are fully recovered.

        • Dr. Drey 1 year ago

          Punditry is all about permutations and combinations. No pundit is ever 100% correct 100% of the times. And that is why we haave odds in the game of football. Sometimes you can factor the others, sometimes you can choose not to. The only difference it makes is that it all has an effect on how close your are to hitting the bulls eye. Just as in the field of mathematics, assumptions are used often to arrive at solutions, even tho, they may take you further from converging on a correct final answer. Infact, i love it when people can pick holes in my analyses…especially when they can do so with all sense of logic and basis, with verifiable facts and figures. That’s how I built my wealth of knowledge over time. This is even needed more on platforms like these where i cant present everything in my head in one swoop, since we arent meant to present thesis/dissertations here. But if it pains you that much, please do yourself the favour of skipping comments that bear Dr.Drey as the author. Other intelligent people like joel and co will read, digest and prove me either right or wrong. Even professors do get subjected to reviews and corrections again and again and again.

      • Ayphillydegreat 1 year ago

        It will be a miracle of unimaginable proportion for Seychelles to come and beat our SuperSandEagles or even our Amputee National team in Nigeria talk less of coming to get a draw against any of our NPFL teams. Seychelles will receive at least 8 goals if the SuperEagles take the game very seriously or need the result. That game right there is a no brainer that we are already in the AFCON mathematically or vice versa. Gone are the days when our calculator was pretty much our cellphones. GR has saved us from those permutations. SuperEagles have synonymously qualified for the AFCON with a game to spear just like we did in the WorldCup qualifiers.

  • Bomboy 1 year ago

    Too many changes could affect the rhythm of the team. I hope Ighalo will be available (can’t believe I am the one saying this. The stone the builders rejected…).

    The last time we played South Africa, some key players were not available. Now we are hearing son stories again. @ abdulrahman, hope they are truly not using ‘juju’.

  • Fasasi Kunle 1 year ago

    I always disappointed when people talking about juju. Is like talking about what you don’t have knowledge about at all. I do not belief in juju at all anyway. All along, I still 100 percent optimistic that we can win the match and reason is that since SA need win they would be under pressure, even when they came to Nigeria they played defensively which it wouldn’t help them this time around. God bless Nigerians !!!!!!

  • Ayphillydegreat 1 year ago

    The last time we played South Africa our key players like Mikel Moses Ighalo Balogun were not available. However, almost all the players that played against South Africa last June have all progressed tremendously compared to the same SA team we played. This is a big opportunity for Nassarra to step in and stake a claim to that role. Osimhen too should have a chance. And since Onyekuru has returned to full fitness he should be the automatic replacement for Ighalo in the 23 man squad.

    That’s why it’s good that we’ve announced our squad 3 weeks to the match because things like this can always happen in football. Injuries are part of the game.

  • Whichever way you look at it, this is really bad news.

    To gain a sense of perspective, Ighalo has not been officially ruled out of the upcoming encounters but if that proves to be the case, then it is bad.
    For a player who hetherto was anything but prolific to start banging in goals only to get injured in the middle of such a prolific form: it is bad full- stop!
    Of course the absence of one player due to injury opens the door for another player who may offer something different and prove to be a revelation. That being said, the argument for Ighalo being fit and firing for this match against South Africa (based on his recent form for club and country) will far outweigh any other arguments in favour of his absence due to injury.

    We are only just starting to see what the former Julius Berger man can do in Super Eagles colours hence his absence for such a crucial encounter at such a crucial goal-scoring form can only be seen as a blow for all concerned – no other way!

  • BigD 1 year ago

    Injury list grows ahead of clash with South Africa.

    Following on from Uzoho ruled out, both Odion Ighalo and Jamilu Collins were subbed of injured in their last games for their clubs.

    This could, if they do not recover on time, see Ola Aina play at left back as he did for his club Torino in a man of the match performance last weekend or a return to the position for Bryan Idowu.

    It could also see a battle between Isaac Success (U17 2013 world cup winner) and Victor Osimhen (U17 2015 world cup winner) for the chance to lead the attack.

  • obilor francis 1 year ago

    Ighalo will b available for d game, dt injury is not much. Let him rest. Its too early to rule him out cuz 17th is still far

  • No shaking. God bless Nigeria.

    God bless Super Eagles.

    God bless me.

  • Pompei 1 year ago

    Niger area things! The rejected, maligned Ighalo is now the talk of the town! I think he will recover by the 17th, and should start the game, if fit. If not, Success, Iheanacho, Musa and Osimhen can step in. Uzoho is out, but Ezenwa or Afelokhai should be able to hold it down on match day. No Ndidi as well, but Ogu should be able to handle that business. Excited by the invite of Samuel Chukwueze! The boy may just be the next big thing in Nigerian football. If we play our game, there will be no hiding place for Banana Banana come Nov 17th.

  • Chairmanfemi 1 year ago

    DISCLAIMER! @Big D– Jamiliu Collins is not Injured! He played 90 mins this weekend. Ighalo might be available for the match cuz he himself knew he’s just getting favour in the sight of most Nigerians and would like to play that match (i guess that was why he asked the medical team to replace him early)

    • BigD 1 year ago

      @Chairmanfemi REITERATION: Jamilu Collins was substituted off with an injury and replaced by Lukas Boeder in their match against Duisberg on the 3rd of November.
      It is the only match since August that he has not played the full 90 minutes for his club.

    • BigD 1 year ago

      @Chairmanfemi, Jamilu Collins did not complete the match against Duisberg on Saturday the 3rd of November. He was replaced by Lukas Boeder after he was injured in the 75th minute, he limped off at 79 minutes. Check match stats here


    • BigD 1 year ago

      Ighalo now ruled out for 5 weeks as Onyekuru is handed a late callup to replace Ighalo. I admire your optimism Chairmanfemi, but it is important to give correct information. I don’t know where you got the information that he “asked the medical team to replace him early”. https://www.allnigeriasoccer.com/read_news.php?nid=29907

      • Ayphillydegreat 1 year ago

        Onyekuru is the automatic replacement that’s a no brainer. A young Vibrant attacking firepower with various options to try out against a somewhat rugged South African defense that is yet to concede a goal in this qualifier. That will definitely end against the likes of Success, Simon, Iheanacho, Onyekuru, Kalu, Osimhen and Musa the captain of these young SuperEagles. Success is poised to start his first competitive match for Nigeria as a direct replacement for Ighalo in the starting line up.

  • Chairmanfemi 1 year ago

    @Big D i said “I GUESS” that was why he asked the medical team to replace him early. I never said it as a FACT. That of Jamilu Collins, even CSN,NFF, Coach GR are yet to confirm it so am hearing this from you only

    • BigD 1 year ago

      Ok, you “guessed”. Ighalo’s been confirmed as having a hamstring injury and will need 4 to 5 weeks to recover.

      As for Collins, I didn’t guess that he was injured in the match against Duisburg, I also didn’t guess that he finished the match, I checked news reports. He was injured and I mentioned possible options “if they do not recover on time”. See news report below. I check a wider variety of sources than just CSN, the NFF and the coach.

      “The 24-year-old left-back had to receive treatment in the 75th minute after he was badly tackled by an opponent in the division two match.

      Although he initially returned to the pitch, Collins could not shake off discomfort from the and had to be replaced with 11 minutes left on the clock.

      Collins, who has started all 14 matches contested by Paderborn so far this season, is now in a race against time to be fit for Nigeria’s next tie in the 2019 AFCON qualifiers and a friendly against Uganda in Asaba three days later”.

      • Ashy Slashy 1 year ago

        I guessed he guessed you were guessing but he guessed wrong because his guess was was not as good as yours having guessed that you were guessing all along was a bad guess on his part.
        Guessed it?

  • nawao! my ighalo,diz is a bad news. u shall recovered b4 dat match to take a ckaim. but 99% will fail to guess who will lead attack if ighalo fail…..but bet me if rohr go for experience iheanacho will. aside frm dat osimhen will go ahead of others who equally inexperience. either iheanacho or osimhen believe me.