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Super Eagles star Ighalo doubt for Bafana Bafana clash

Super Eagles By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 07/11/2018

Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo is doubtful for the crucial 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against South Africa after picking up an injury in the Chinese Super League clash with his side Changchun Yatai’s 2-2 home draw against Tianjin Quanjin on Wednesday. 

The 29-year-old was forced out after just 17 minutes at Changchun Stadium with Lasse Vibe replace former Watford goal poacher and weather last Nigeria's hat-trick hero against Libya will be fit in time for a Group E tie with Bafana Bafana on November 19 at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

Ighalo has scored 21 goals this season for Changchun Yatai and he is the second top scorer in the Chinese Super League five adrift of Shanghai SPIG’s Wu Lei who has hit the back of the net 26 times.

Ex-Granada star has banged in six goals in his last three games for the three-time African champions and Gernot Rohr has called up Enyimba’s Theophilus Afelokhai to replace Elche of Spain goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho has already been ruled out of the game through injury.

Nigeria top Group E with nine points, one more than Bafana Bafana who sit in second position with eight points. Libya occupy third position with four points, while Seychelles, at the bottom, have one point.

The Super Eagles will aim to avenge their 2-0 loss to the Bafana Bafana in the reverse fixture at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium, Uyo last year.
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