Saturday Sep 19, 2015. 10:19
Nigeria international Odion Ighalo has told AfricanFootball.com that the AFCON 2017 ticket is still within the reach of the Super Eagles.
Nigeria’s Super Eagles are second in their qualifying group, two points behind leaders Egypt after two rounds of matches.
Both countries will clash home and away in March.
Watford striker Ighalo, who is among the 24 players called up by Sunday Oliseh for friendly matches against Cameroon and Congo, has admitted it’s a tight situation but the Eagles still have their destiny in their hands.
“The AFCON 2017 ticket is within our reach, this is football never say never. We still have to play the group leaders Egypt home and away, those matches are of great importance to our ambition,” he said.
“I think we have chance to grab the ticket as the group leaders even though it is a bit difficult but by God's grace and hard work, we will qualify," said the Watford striker.
Ighalo has returned for Nigeria after he was snubbed y new coach Sunday Oliseh last month despite scoring his first goal for the country against Chad in June.
"I am grateful to God for another call-up to Eagles and I feel good about it,” said the striker, who has so far scored two goals in the EPL this season.
"I am going into the team to give my best as always and see what happens.”