Ighalo is AFCON 2019 Qualifiers top striker

Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo emerged as Africa’s overall top scorer after the continental qualifiers ended Monday at all venues. Nigeria which had a poor start at the qualifying series of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations by losing to South Africa in Uyo finished strongly as the top team in Group E and got the lead striker award through Ighalo for the series.

The China’s Shanghai Shenhua striker had seven goals to beat Fiston Abdul Razak of Burundi who scored six.

Both strikers led their respective teams to the enlarged Africa Cup of Nations competition. Ighalo opened his scoring account in the away match with Seychelles and had a hat-trick in the home match against Libya. In the away match, he scored two goals and wrapped it up with a penalty goal in Asaba on Friday.

Ighalo’s goal at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba also became the very first goal of an international match at the centre.