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Chukwu: Don’t Put Pressure On Ighalo

Posted: Jan 4, 2016 at 10:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

A former Super Eagles coach, Christian Chukwu, has warned the national team’s Head Coach, Sunday Oliseh, and football fans not to put too much pressure on Watford of England striker, Odion Ighalo. The striker has been in superlative form for the Hornets in the ongoing season, notching up 14 goals in the English Premier League after 20 games. Speaking with New Telegraph, the former Eagles captain said Oliseh should closely monitor the player and create a conducive environment for him to perform like he has been doing in Watford. “He has been doing well for his club, scoring 14 goals already this season,” Chukwu said.

“The onus now lies on the national team coach to monitor him properly, and see how they can get good midfielders or supporting attackers that can supply him with the balls like he has been getting in Watford. “People should not put too much pressure on him because he needs to get the right support to get the goals.”

Chukwu added that the type of understanding and supports Ighalo enjoys in his club has really helped him to get to the level he is at the moment. He however said with the same support from his teammates in the national team, the striker would be more clinical for the Super Eagles.

He said: “There are people who feed him properly in Watford to allow him to score the goals. You don’t expect him to come here and perform magic. “Once you get the right set of players to support him and give him the right passes like he enjoys in Watford, he will score even more than he has been doing for his club. “But in a situation whereby we don’t have the right set of players to support him, then we should not expect any magic from him.

“That he is scoring in Europe does not automatically mean he will do so with the national team. He has been playing with the same set of players for a very long time which has led to a strong partnership, but I know with time he will be able to understand his colleagues in the Super Eagles and then the goals will start coming.”