Ighalo is ready for a war | Nigeria VS Argentina
Nigeria’s game against Argentina today could determine the path that the national team goes down for the next few years – so you could say it’s pretty important. The Super Eagles have had a mixed start to life in Russia, and before you know it, the journey could be over before it’s even really begun. The players and fans alike are preparing themselves for a testing experience against Lionel Messi and company, but one man has issued a far bigger statement in light of the showdown taking place. We are, of course, referring to Odion Ighalo, who has stated that the Group D decider will be ‘a war’ in St Petersburg.
Ighalo, 29, has had a hot and cold career over the last few years. After spending six years with Udinese, in which he spent most of his time out on loan, Ighalo made a permanent switch to English club Watford following an initially impressive loan spell at Vicarage Road in 2014. Last year, however, he made a move which many are never going to be in favour of – and that’s jumping ship to China. He currently plays for Changchun Yatai, and while he’s got an impressive record with the club, many people want to see him have at least a few more years in European football before his days in the game come to an end.
In terms of the World Cup, though, Odion appears to be as focused as he’s ever been as the Super Eagles prepare for one of their toughest tests of the last few years. Ighalo noted that it’ll be a war courtesy of the fact that Argentina needs to win in order to stand any chance of staying in the competition, and that they’re going to use every single tactic they know in order to try and win the game. Ighalo still believes that they’re more than capable of qualifying for the next stage of the tournament, stating that he feels much more comfortable in the system that was played against Iceland in comparison to what happened against Croatia when he felt quite isolated.
Nigeria have been able to bounce back better than most teams throughout the course of the first few games of this tournament, with some not being able to recover after losing their first match. Nigeria, on the other hand, are in the perfect position to make their way through to the Round of 16 – and all they need to do is come through the war in one piece.