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WCQ: Don’t depend on Odion Ighalo for goals – Jonathan Akpoborie

Nigeria forward Odion Ighalo has warned South Africa not to expect the same Nigeria performance as the qualifiers when they clash in the quarter-final of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) on Wednesday.

Former Nigerian striker, Jonathan Akpoborie has warned Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr not to depend on Odion Ighalo for goals ahead of the team’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Liberia and Cape Verde respectively.

Ighalo, 32, last featured for Nigeria in 2019 after the AFCON and he was in action for his Saudi Arabia side Al Shabab on Friday in the last league game before the international break.

Nigeria currently leads Group C with 9 points from four games. They have two points more than their Group game opponents Cape Verde.

In an interview, the former Wolfsburg star stated that the team must play as a unit in order to overcome the Lone Star at the Grand Stade de Tangier on Saturday.

He also warned the German tactician not to allow the players to focus their attention on Ighalo for goals if the team must overcome Liberia.

“The game against Liberia is a crucial game the team must win if they are to qualify for the final knockout stages of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. However, the Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr must divert the team’s attention away from Odion Ighalo for goals. They must play as a unit without depending on a particular player for goals.

“Yes, Ighalo is a good player but the team must be very careful with their approaches against Liberia. The squad is their to pick the maximum point but then, we must have to be very careful.”

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