Legendary striker Yakubu Aiyegben has tipped Odion Ighalo as the man to lead the Super Eagles to glory at the 2019 African Cup of Nations despite Coach Gernot Rohr claiming his side are not favourite for the title.
Former Super Striker, who’s goal miss at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa will never be forgiven by Nigeria, has named the striker who he thinks will lead the Super Eagles to glory at the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Nigeria has a host of striker, who featured during the qualifiers, Kelechi Iheanacho, Victor Osimhen, Isaac Success, Ahmed Musa, Paul Onuachu, who has just two appearances in Nigeria’s last matches, Henry Onyekuru, who is in hot form presently and AFCON qualifiers top scorer, Odion Ighalo, Aiyegbeni has named one of them as the country’s best number 9 to lead Super Eagles to glory.
“If Ighalo continues scoring this way it will be very difficult for him to be benched. He’s (Ighalo) is the Super Eagles best striker at the moment, no doubt. They have good strikers coming into the team at the moment – the likes of Osimhen, Onuachu and the likes, but he (Ighalo) possesses everything you need in a striker to get the goals,” Yakubu told Completesports.com.
“He’s experienced, matured and prolific. Osimhen is another player who could fill the void in his absence, but with decent supplies, Ighalo will deliver,” said the former Super Eagles striker.
Ighalo has continued from where he stopped in the Chinese Super League last season when he finished as the CSL’s second top scorer with 21 goals, but it was not enough to save his former club, Changchun Yatai, from relegation. This season, the 30-year-old has scored six goals in six games for Shanghai Shenhua who he joined on a three-year deal at the start of the season.