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Odion Ighalo: Nigeria can beat Egypt with Siasia
Watford star Odion Ighalo is very optimistic that coach Samson Siasia will lead the Nigerian national team to a win against the Pharaohs in Kaduna in the upcoming 2017 AFCON qualifying fixture on the 25th of March.
The 26-year old striker made this declaration while speaking on a television program monitored in Lagos on Tuesday.
Ighalo, one of many forwards included in Nigeria’s preliminary squad, started off his comments with praise for newly-appointed coach Samson Siasia: “I think he has the experience, he has been there before and has done well.”
He then added: “I support him (Siasia) 100% because he is a good coach whom I worked with before.”
The Super Eagles star then admitted that the match would be a tough one but believed that his side would come out on top, because of the quality of the Nigerian squad.
He then urged his teammates to win both legs and show that they have what it takes to overpower the Egyptian team.
Ighalo has been in impeccable form for Watford this season in the English Premier league scoring 14 goals, but the prolific striker last scored on the 30th of January and looks like he’s suffering from a goal drought.
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“I won’t allow this (goal drought) to put me down, it happens to all strikers, but I know the goals will soon start coming. I will continue to work hard and it will be a matter of time before I am scoring again,” stated Nigeria’s front-man.
Nigeria coach Siasia also backed Ighalo despite his current goal drought, telling Goal.com in Abuja: “I am not worried about Ighalo’s recent lack of scoring goals for his club.”
“I have been in constant touch with the player and I know that he would deliver against Egypt home and away,” he added.
The first leg will be on the 25th of March in Kaduna, Egypt will then host Nigeria 3 days later.