He is the Super Eagles’ main striker, the one carrying the biggest goalscoring load, but things haven’t quite clicked for Odion Jude Ighalo in recent times.
The former Flying Eagles striker established himself in the Super Eagles after two five-star displays in the crucial back-to-back qualifiers against African champions Cameroon in September.
He scored the goal that inspired Nigeria to coast past the Indomitable Lions 4-0 at home, and he went on to claim an assist in the team’s 1-1 draw in Yaounde four days later.
Ahead of his team’s FIFA World Cup Group D clash with Croatia at the Kaliningrad Stadium on Saturday, Ighalo insists he is not worried about his own output, he admits he badly wants to find the net – to celebrate turning 29.
“It would be special to score that day as my wife will also be around to watch this game,” the Changchun Yatai goal machine said.
“As long as we work together as a team and take the three points, that will be good enough.
“That would make the best present.”