Ighalo wants ‘King of Nigeria’ title

Ahead of their FA Cup semi-final against Crystal Palace, Watford striker Odion Ighalo has said that he will return home to Nigeria a hero if he wins the tournament.

Aiming to a book a place in the final against Manchester United, who beat Everton 2-1 in the other semi-final on Saturday, Ighalo explained that he never got the chance to compete in a cup final before.

“I am telling you, if I win the FA Cup then I will be going back like a king. The king of Nigeria!” the 26-year-old told the Daily Telegraph.

“I remember big teams like Manchester United and Chelsea playing at Wembley so it means a lot to me to have the chance to get to a final.

“And I’ve never played in a cup final before, not at any level, not even as a boy.”