SUPER Eagles targetman Odion Ighalo is hoping that a superlative performance against Cameroon tomorrow in the second round of the ongoing African Cup of Nations will earn him a possible European contract after the tournament.
Following an uninspiring performance in first round, the Eagles ended up second in their Group B behind Madagascar to whom they lost 0-2. As a result, they now face Cameroon in the Alexandria Stadium tomorrow amid angst from the fans, who are desperate to see a good team performance and a convincing win that will take the Eagles through to the quarter finals.
Ighalo, who only has one goal to his name so far and has been far from convincing, said that the team has no margin for error on Saturday. Currently playing for Shanghai Shenhua in the Chinese league, Ighalo, 30, said he may leave China at the end of the season but is aware that to secure a contract, he will have to perform well at Egypt 2019.
He said his future depends on how well the Eagles perform in Egypt as he will decide his future after the competition. Ighalo, who once played for Watford in the English Premier League, said, however, that his Chinese club are in serious trouble with regards to scoring goals and want him back from the Nations Cup.
Ighalo added: “We have to keep doing well. I am happy in the Chinese Super League after I joined my coach at Watford but injury slowed me down but I will see how it goes in this tournament and after that I will decide my future.
“My club knows my importance in getting goals for them hence they even want me back immediately. In the Nations Cup, we have done enough to beat any team in this tournament, so we just have to continue creating the chances and also scoring the goals.”
He stressed that he was happy playing in the Chinese league after his almost 10 years playing in Europe in the English Premiership, the La Liga and the Italian league. Ighalo is hoping to increase on his one goal tally in the Nations Cup tomorrow against Cameroon.