Super Eagles striker, Odion Jude Ighalo has expressed optimism that Nigeria can make a meaningful impact at next year Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) scheduled to hold in June.
Ighalo’s six goals helped the Eagles qualified for the AFCON from Group E with a match in hand against Seychelles. The game, which is slated to hold on March 22nd next year, will serve as part of the preparation for the team for the finals in 2019.
However, the continent’s football governing body, the CAF is set to name a new host nation on January 9, 2019 after stripping the hosting right from Cameroon. But Ighalo says regardless of where the finals are held, that the Eagles would be ready to contest strongly for the title.
“Whether the championship is held in Egypt or South Africa, we will be ready. We have the advantage of having been together for sometime now, with the bulk of the team having played at the World Cup. Qualifying for the AFCON has also made us believe very much in our ability and of course, the Nigerian spirit is always there to propel us in difficult times. Read more