- Odion Ighalo has responded to how he handles criticisms from various quarters
- The Nigerian international has got three goals in his account at AFCON 2019
- Ighalo will like spear-head Super Eagles attack against South Africa in the last eight
Odion Ighalo has insisted that he is not bothered about criticisms concerning his performance at the ongoing AFCON 2019 tournament in Egypt.
Despite scoring three goals so far in the competition, the Super Eagles striker has come under huge criticisms for missing a lot of chances.
The Shanghai Shenhua forward, who was top scorer in the qualifiers, says he is used to taking the knock on the head even at club level.
The former Watford striker will likely be in Gernot Rohr's starting line up Nigeria face familiar foe South Africa in the quarter-finals.
“I don’t pay attention to criticisms. I don’t listen to what people say about me, as long the coach is satisfied with my performance, then I am okay. I take everything in the chin and focus on my game.
“I have experienced same at my club and it’s now part of me. As a footballer, it’s something I have had to deal with up till now and it has made me stronger,” Ighalo told the press on Tuesday.
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Ighalo was verbally attacked on social media after Nigeria failed to qualify out of the group stage in last summer's World Cup in Russia.
The ex-Granada player missed a sitter in Super Eagles' last group game against Argentina after coming on as a substitute.
But the 30-year-old has been in good scoring form at AFCON, finding the back of the net in the first group game against Burundi, and netting a brace in the last 16 cracker against Cameroon.
Ighalo also revealed that he is more concerned about winning the AFCON title than finishing top scorer in the tournament.
“I put the team ahead in everything I do,” he said.
“For me, it won’t be nice to win the top scorer award and we end up not winning the trophy. Honestly, it is something that interests me, but the team comes first in everything.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Odion Ighalo was rewarded for his five-star performance against Cameroon as the Super Eagles qualified to play South Africa in the quarter finals.
The Shanghai Shenhua striker scored a brace in the highly entertaining fixture that saw Nigeria come from behind to beat the Indomitable Lions 3-2 at the Alexander Stadium.
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