Former Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo is excited to make the top ten nominees for the 2019 Africa Player of the Year award.
Ighalo emerged the top scorer at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt but announced his retirement from international football after helping Nigeria to a third-place finish.
Expressing delight for being nominated for the award, Ighalo said making the list of the best 10 players in Africa was enough recognition for him.
“It’s a privilege to be in the top 10 if somebody told me two years ago or even earlier this year that I would be among the top 10 players contesting the African Footballer of the Year award, I would have said no.
“You know what happened last year at the World Cup, where everybody wrote me off, but coming back from that and being in the top 10, if it’s only this top 10 alone, or even the first 20 in Africa, I will be very grateful to God.
“If I win, or any other person wins, I will still be grateful to God because it’s a great privilege,” Ighalo concluded.
The Africa Player of the Year award will be held on Tuesday, 7 January 2020, at Albatros Citadel Sahl Hasheesh, Hurghada, Egypt.