Ighalo ends AFCON 2019 with injury

Super Eagles forward Odion Ighalo scored his fifth goal at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) against Tunisia in Cairo international stadium.

However, the former Watford striker did not complete the first half as he picked up what looked like a hamstring injury and immediately signalled to the bench to be substituted and was replaced by Victor Osimhen.

The 30-year-old, who currently plays for Chinese Super League (CSL) side, Shanghai Shenhua opened the scoring for Nigeria after three minutes and was hoping to finish the tournament as top scorer but the unfortunate injury will now see him wait to see if he will get the gong after Senegal versus Algeria final on Friday.

Ighalo left the pitch in frustration but might still end up with the top scorer’s gong after Friday’s final. Ighalo’s closest rivals still in the competition are Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez and Liverpool’s Saido Mane with three goals each.

Interestingly, Ighalo finished top scorer during the 2019 AFCON qualifiers and will be delighted to be crowned the ‘king of goal’ at Africa’s biggest football fiesta.

Nigeria went into the half-time break with a 1-0 scoreline and the game ended on alone  and Nigeria  won the bronze with 20 debutants in the Super Eagles squad.

So far Ighalo (NGR) has 5 goals, Mahrez, Ounas (both ALG), Bakambu (COD), Mane (SEN) all have 3 goals.

Elmohamady, Salah (both EGY), Kodjia, Zaha (both CIV), Andriamahitsinoro (MAD), J. Ayew (GHA), Bahoken (CMR), Belaili (ALG), En-Nesyri (MAR), Msakni (TUN), Okwi (UGA), Olunga (KEN), Pote (BEN), Yattara (GUI), Zungu (RSA) settle for 2 goals each.

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