Shanghai Shenhua of China striker, Odion Jude Ighalo has urged the Super Eagles to stay calm and quickly turn their attention on how to win Wednesday’s third place match against Tunisia at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, megasportsarena.com reports.
The competition’s current top scorer, with four goals to his name, after netting a penalty in the 2-1 loss to Algeria, admitted that it was painful losing the way they did, with a 94th minute free-kick from The Fennecs’ skipper, Riyard Mahrez, but says they just have to keep going.
Speaking during Mega Sports on Star 101.5 FM, Lagos in the wake of Sunday’s loss at Cairo International Stadium, Ighalo said it was a match he and his teammates wanted to win, and stressed that they gave it their very best efforts.
The former Julius Berger FC of Lagos, Prime FC of Osgbo, Lyn Oslo of Norway, Udinese of Italy, Granada of Spain, Watford of England and Chnagchun Yatai of China hitman, admitted further that Algeria played better in the first half, only for the Eagles to storm back later on.
He, however, went on to apologize on behalf of the team, admitting that their efforts were not good enough to take them to the final, but pledged that they will try to do better on Wednesday, in order to return home with consolation bronze medals round their necks.
Ighalo said: “In the second half, we played better, and we deserved to get something better from this game.
“We gave our best, but it was not enough, as we conceded a very late goal. It’s very sad, but we have to carry on.
“We apologize for the defeat, very sad as it is, but that is football. Now we have the third place match to think about on the 17th.”