ODION JUDE IGHALO EMERGES AS THE FIRST NIGERIAN FOOTBALL PLAYER TO SIGN FOR MANCHESTER UNITED.
The grass cannot be greener for former Premier League goals Predator, Ex Watford FC player who until his departure, ply his trade in China with Shanghai Greenland Shenhua FC.
A player whose humble beginning from Ajegunle, a suburb in Lagos, Nigeria and patiently worked his way to stardom with an imprint of a classic Hollywood movie script.
Odion’s story is a testimony of what patience, hard work, humility and faith in God can bring to the life of anybody in life.
When yours sincerely encountered the 30year old soccer star during an interview at his palatial home in Lagos, Nigeria he painted a memorable picture of how patience brought him to the English Premier League during his career sojourn in Europe. And when he finally got his chance with Watford FC, he made an instant impact scoring goals against top teams in the League. Twice he was tempted with a big-money move to China and thereafter, he took the chance and made an instant impact in the Chinese League when he left England.
La Fete, recall, Odion Ighalo mentioned, that he once received a proposed approach from Manchester United through his agent which did not come through at that time.
Many years later, with few hours to the close of the transfer deadline on 31st January 2020, history beckon again for Odion Jude Ighalo as he signs a season-long loan to join the “Red Devil’s” Manchester United FC, officially as the First Nigerian Player to play for Manchester United after the botched Mikel Obi transfer saga during the days of Sir Alex Ferguson.
It would be recalled that Odion Ighalo played for Watford, in England for two seasons where he helped the Hornets gain promotion to the Premier League with 20 goals in 35 games in the Championship division.
In his second season, his partnership with Troy Deeney’s current Watford Captain saw him score 15 goals in 37 appearances.
Here is wishing the Ex-Super Eagles and last nation’s Cup Golden Boot Award winner the best with his new team.