Ighalo reveals shocking childhood experience


SoccerNet Nigeria
Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo says he owes his success to God and his mum.

In a recent chat with TheCable, the Nigerian striker who ended 2015 as top scorer in England’s top tiers said his mum stood by him and had to sell sachet water and soft drinks to ensure he plays football.

He said:“I was born in the ghetto. AJ! Ajegunle! I was born in Ajegunle. Football there was not easy because you had to buy everything you needed to train with, buy water to drink, pay for transport and all that. So, that’s why anytime I’m granting an interview, I always say after God, it’s my mum, because it’s my mom who really stood by me.

“I was really happy because many people could not have the opportunity to be where I am today or to make it in life because they didn’t have someone to really stand by them. You know that some parents don’t have the money to eat not to talk of paying for shoes or transport to go for games and all that. So, my mum, with her small shop where she sold sachet water and soft drinks, she’ll save some money to buy shoes for me, give me transport money to go play with my team or play friendly games. She’ll even give me money to buy water after training to drink, try to pay some little little things for me. It was great for me because I didn’t have any helper then. I thank God today that everything that I suffered for then, I am enjoying it now.”

Having scored 30 goals in 75 games in all competition this year, Watford FC striker Odion Ighalo won the bragging rights as the top scorer in England for 2015.

Ighalo’s 41st minute strike at Vicarage road on December 28, took his tally in 2015 to 30 goals, making him the highest goal scorer in England’s top tiers in 2015.

Although his team, Watford went down 2-1 to Tottenham Hotspurs, Ighalo scored in six of his last seven Premier League games, including a brace at home to Liverpool and a deflected effort against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

He is the first ever Watford player to score in six consecutive English top flight games.

Ighalo has 14 goals already in the English Premier League season after 19 games. He scored 16 goals from 18 games while in the Championship.

The energetic striker beat Tottenham Hotspurs talisman Harry Kane who finished on 29 goals to earn the bragging rights in 2015.

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