BY JOE APU
AHEAD of the AFCON 2017 back to back clash against Egypt later this month, Nigerian forward, Odion Ighalo has fired an early warning shot at the Pharaohs and made good his promise of ending his goal drought.
The Nigerian star helped Watford shock FA Cup holders Arsenal 1-2 at the Emirates Stadium to book their place in the semi-finals at Wembley.
Ighalo scored his first goal in 599 minutes to put the away side ahead early in the second half after Arsenal had spurned a series of good chances.
Ighalo just last week sent words home to Super Eagles interim manager, Samson Siasia assuring the coach that he would return home to bang in the goals needed to bundle Egypt out of the AFCON 2017 race.
Yesterday’s goal is the first Ighalo is scoring this year 2016 after starting the season on a fine note late last year.
The player who like Eagles skipper Ahmed Musa is on the radar of many EPL sides has now scored a total of 16 goals for Watford this term.
Meanwhile Super Eagles camp is expected to start bubbling again today as the home lads return from NPFL duties for their clubs.
Siasia had before giving the players break warned them to step up their game if they hope to make the cut for the games against Egypt.
The coach had after the friendly against Katsina United dropped six of the players.
The Eagles foreign legion are expected in camp on the 21st in Kaduna.
In the other FA Cup game, Manchester United are still in the race. They will return to Upton Park for one last FA Cup tie beneath the floodlights after they played out a 1-1 draw against West Ham.