Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo has equalled the record of Nigeria’s leading goal machine and legend, Rashidi Yekini of scoring five goals in an Africa Cup of Nations tournament.
The Shanghai Greenland Shenhua forward Ighalo has become the first Nigerian to score 5 goals in Afcon competition since Rashidi Yekini in 1994.
It will be recalled that Ighalo scored seven goals in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification campaign, the most by any player, to help Nigeria qualify for the finals in Egypt.
He found the net against Burundi in the group phase to give the Super Eagles a slim 1-0 victory and also helped again in a 3-2 victory over Cameroon with two goals in the Round of 16.
Ighalo continued his rich scoring form in the 2-1 loss against Algeria. He scored from the penalty spot. He however ended the campaign with another goal against Tunisia. He has now scored 16 goals in 35 appearances for Nigeria.
It will be noted here that Yekini scored 37 goals as a Nigerian international, and represented the nation in five major tournaments, including two World Cups where he scored the country’s first-ever goal in the competition.
He also helped the Super Eagles win the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia where he also topped the goal charts and was named best player of the competition
Meanwhile, the Super Eagles maintained their impressive winning record in third-placed matches as they beat Tunisia 1-0 in the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) third-place game at Al-Salam Stadium in Cairo on Wednesday night.
Ighalo scored the only goal of the match early on in the 3rd minute. This turned out to be his fifth goal of the competition, strengthening his chances of winning the Golden Boot.
Adam Ounas or Sadio Mane will need to score a hat-trick to overtake Ighalo in the final.