PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Odion Ighalo – Already an award winner for his charity work

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Odion Ighalo – Already an award winner for his charity work
Odion Ighalo of Nigeria celebrate his goal with Victor Moses

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Dec 19, 2017. 10:00

After making his promise to launch the Odion Ighalo Orphanage, Nigerian international striker Ighalo has officially delivered on Saturday.

The Yatai Changchun forward in the Chinese Super League launched the home of the orphans at the Bespoke Centre in Lagos, with numerous footballers, celebrities and politicians in attendance.

Financed by the Super Eagles international, the home is located in Ijegun in Ikotun, a not-so-affluent area of Lagos.

Ex-football stars Nwankwo Kanu and Waidi Akanni, as well as Super Falcons pair of Asisat Oshoala and Onome Ebi graced the occasion.

“From those who started the building over a year ago and kept the dream alive, I appreciate them so much,” Ighalo told at the event.

“I have received moral support from everyone here and I’m happy they are helping fulfil my dreams of giving back to the needy.

“It has always been my dream and I’m happy that you all are here to see how God is working.”

In addition, the forward promised that he will be willing to work with serious partners to ensure the orphanage gets the needed support to grow.

The 28-year-old former Watford striker has already bagged a Best of Africa Award for his charity work and BOA expressed pride in the 2018 FIFA World Cup-bound player.

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