​Ighalo Wary Of Egypt’s Threat; Picks Aguero, Zouma As His Strongest Opponents

By Johnny Edward:

Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo is wary of Nigeria’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying double-take against the Pharaohs of Egypt later this month, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Ighalo who has failed to score in his last five games for the Hornets revealed that the three time African Nations Cup winners will be tackling the seven time winners of the competition who have missed the last three editions with total confidence.

"It's going to be a tough game, Egypt is a big side but we'll go there with a lot of confidence," Ighalo told Brila FM live show on Thursday.

In his response to questions from his followers on Twitter during the radio programme Ighalo wished he could play along with Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo and also picked David De De Gea as the best goalkeeper in the English Premier League.

Ighalo came up against the Spaniard on three occasions in his club, Watford's 1-0 loss to Manchester United and failed to beat the 24 year old shot-stopper.

"@D_DeGea must be the best goalie right now in the #EPL.On 3 occasions yesterday we came up 1-on-1," Ighalo remarked.‎

He also picked his Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero as the best forward in the EPL and the duo of Laurent Koscielny and Chelsea's Kurt Zouma as the best defenders whom he has faced since making his debut in the league.

"Aguero is the best player in the EPL his vision and instinct on the ball is great. Don't give him half-a-chance.'

"Koscielny is not physical, but very technical. Kurt Zouma is another one, both are the toughest I have played against.'

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The 26 year old admitted Cameroonian legend Samuel Eto is his role model amongst other former Nigerian football stars.

"My role model in Africa is @setoo9. I follow and have adored former @NGSuperEaglesstars."

The former Udinese and Granada star believes the quartet of Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspurs, Manchester City and Arsenal stand equal chance of winning the keenly contested title in England.

"I think the four teams at the top stand equal chances of picking the EPL title."

Ighalo however urged the Federal government of N​i​geria to refurbish the National Stadium in Lagos but reveals the Abuja national stadium is one he loves to play in. 


'The national stadium in Abuja and I love the National Stadium in Lagos. It will be nice if they can refurbish it.'

Ighalo stated further during the radio show, "I think the four teams at the top stand equal chances of picking the EPL title."

'Best Wishes to my mother and all other mothers in Africa. May God bless their labour and its fruits?"​
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