By China Acheru
Striker Odion Ighalo says he has tendered unreserved apologies to a teammate, Ahmed Musa for failing to pass a ball to him in the game against Guinea on Wednesday.
A goal-bound Ighalo tried to score from a tight angle hitting the side netting when Musa was free and in a better position to get on the score sheet but did not get the pass.
Ighalo told NigerianFootballer.com he truly did not see his teammate but has apologised to both Musa and the coach.
“I saw it this morning (Thursday) and I was not really happy. I even spoke to Musa and the coach about it this morning,” Ighalo told NigerianFootballer.com.
“As a striker when you first get the ball, you watch the goalpost and that is what I did.
“After I kicked the ball then I saw Musa running out. I apologised to him because I knew he was in a very good position to score. If I had raised my head and seen him, I would have given him the ball and he would score,” Ighalo said.
With the win against Burundi, Nigeria made it to the second stage of the AFCON though they would have to get a result against Madagascar to top the group.
“We are very happy we are in the second round but this is where the work starts again,” Odion Ighalo told NigerianFootballer.com.
“It is the knock stage and you have to make sure you win to keep in the tournament and as we are looking forward to that we have to keep working hard and giving our best.”
Almost every time a Nigerian National team is away for a championship, the Nigeria Football Federation gives them a target. Sometimes the team gives itself a target, but this time, Ighalo believes there is no such target for the team and no personal goals target for himself.
“There is no target. The only target is to win games, to keep doing well and to qualify.
“As a striker, I’ll take it if a goal comes and if it doesn’t I will be fine as long as we win the game which is the most important thing for us.
“The most important thing is that we have qualified and we have a good team and we hope to keep going until the end.”