Odion Ighalo claims he is ready to work hard for Nigeria if called upon by Simon Siasia and has vowed to end his drought with Watford.
The Nigerian forward took the English Premiership by storm in the beginning of the campaign and raced to 14 goals but since the turn of the new year, the former Udinese hitman’s form has declined – last finding the net on January the 30th, seven games ago.
His lack of goals will certainly have concerned Watford and Nigerian fans, but the 25-year old insists it’s only a matter of time before he regains his goal-scoring touch.
“I won’t allow this [his goal drought] to put me down, it happens to all strikers, but I know the goals will soon start coming. I will continue to work hard and it will be a matter of time before I am scoring again,” Ighalo was quoted as saying by African Football.
“The second half of the season is often more difficult, but we will get 40 points as we already have 36 points and we still have nine games to go. We have had some bad results in the last two, three games.”
On the international front, Ighalo’s Super Eagles squad are set to face African giants Egypt for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification, and the robust forward admitted it’s a huge task ahead but has vowed to show 100% commitment for his nation and caretaker coach Siasia – who took over the duties following the shock resignation of Sunday Oliseh.
“It won’t be an easy game, I won’t lie,” he added. “But it is possible to win, we have what it takes to win, we will fight for the whole game to win.
“I have worked with Siasia in the U20 and U23 teams, he is a disciplinarian and knows what he wants. He will play an attacking football and we have to give him our best. I will give him 100%.”