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EndSARs: Nigerian footballer and Utd’s star, Ighalo slams Gov’t.


Ighalo called on the United Kingdom government and world leaders “to please see what’s going on in Nigeria and help us”.

Manchester United football player Odion Ighalo said he is ashamed of the Nigerian government after reports emerged that soldiers shot dead protesters after shooting at them in the Lekki district of the commercial capital Lagos on Tuesday.

Nigerians have been demonstrating for nearly two weeks against the now-disbanded police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), that rights groups had for years accused of extortion, harassment, torture and murders.

The unit was disbanded on October 11 but the protests have persisted.


In a Twitter post, the Nigerian Army said no soldiers were at the scene of the shooting.

Nigerian Ighalo said in a video message on Twitter that while he rarely talks about politics he could not stay silent about events back home.

“The Nigerian government, you guys are a shame to the world for killing your own citizens, sending military to the streets to kill unarmed protesters because they are protesting for their own rights? It’s uncalled for,” he said.

“You people will be remembered in history as the first government to send the military to the city to start killing their own citizens. I am ashamed of this government, we are tired of you guys and we can’t take this any more.”


“They will keep killing if the world don’t talk about this,” he added.

‘Excessive force’
Four witnesses told the Reuters news agency that soldiers fired at the protesters who had gathered in Lekki, defying an indefinite curfew imposed hours earlier.

Hundreds of people were at the site at the time of the shooting.

A witness said more than 20 soldiers arrived at the toll gate in Lekki and opened fire.


Another witness also told Reuters he saw soldiers remove the bodies.

Lagos state Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu tweeted pictures of him visiting people in hospital who were victims of what he referred to as the “unfortunate shooting incident at Lekki”.

He said 25 people were being treated for mild to moderate injuries, two were receiving intensive care and three had been discharged.

Human rights group Amnesty International said it had received “credible but disturbing evidence of excessive use of force occasioning deaths of protesters at Lekki toll gate in Lagos”, adding that it was investigating “the killings”.



Odion Ighalo want to win FA cup with United.

Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo has revealed he dreams of crowning his six months stay at Manchester United with FA Cup victory.

30 year old Ighalo, who was signed from Shanghai Shenhua on a six months loan, has scored three goals since joining United on the last day of the transfer window.

The now retired Super Eagles striker scored two goals in United’s last game against Derby county and now says he wants to win the FA Cup’
“I watched Manchester United in the FA Cup a lot, which was great, and I loved playing in it with Watford.

“Now, I want to go far and win it, if possible, to crown my success here with the team.”

The 2019 AFCON top scorer will hope to replicate his scoring form when United host Manchester City on Sunday in the Premier League.

Meanwhile former England head coach Steve McClaren, who was part of the United coaching staff when they won the treble in 1999, was confident that United had found the right number nine in Ighalo .

“Everybody needs a number nine. Everybody needs a target,” McClaren said. NobleSport report

Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo

“There can be runners but there has to be a vocal point, Manchester United didn’t have that.

“Romelu Lukaku went, they’ve tried different things, false nine, it doesn’t work out, but I think with Ighalo it’s perfect because there’s lots of energy around him at the present moment and wouldn’t be surprised to see him play on Sunday.”


Europa: United’s Ighalo in starting XI against Club Brugge

Former Nigerian forward Odion Ighalo is in Manchester United squad for their UEFA Europe league clash against Belgian side Club Brugge.

Ighalo who arrived Old Trafford from China on a six-month loan deal from China made his long-awaited debut for the Club against Chelsea on Monday, as the Red Devil cruised to a 2-0 win.

The 30-year-old Nigerian is now expected to compete for a starting role when the Solskjaer’s men travel to Belgium for the first leg of the Europa League round of 32 fixtures against Club Brugge.

Ighalo, 30, will have to see off the competition with current first-choice Anthony Martial and youngster Masson Greenwood if he’s to make his start for the Club, and reports also claimed Solskjaer is pondering on starting him.

Meanwhile, Manchester United are hoping to win the competition for the second time in three years and Ighalo is expected to play a key role.


Ighalo to wear Number 25 in United

Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo will wear the number 25 jersey for Manchester United as the club prepares to unleash him against Chelsea after the winter break.

Odion Ighalo to wear No 25 for Manchester United as the Nigerian striker prepares for possible debut against Chelsea

The club on Tuesday posted a video of his new jersey number on it’s official Twitter handle, urging fans to buy the new jersey as it had been added to the club’s shop.

The shirt has not been in use since full back Antonio Valencia departed the Red Devils last summer.

Ighalo, a childhood Manchester United fan set to earn N62m weekly at the club, was signed for £3m from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua on loan for 6 months.


Odion Ighalo may not play for United till next month – Former boss, Sanchez

Odion Ighalo’s former boss, Quique Sanchez Flores has warned it may take up to a month for Manchester United’s new signing to reach his peak after completing a shock return to the Premier League, reports NobleSport

Sanchez Flores was Ighalo’s manager at Watford when the Nigerian struck 17 goals in a season, before also coaching him for a short time at Shanghai Shenua in China.

The Old Trafford side will be hoping the 30-year-old can rediscover that form this season, but Sanchez Flores warned that standards between China and England differ greatly.

Sanchez Flores told The Athletic: “Mainly, the problem is how they train in China. It is not the same as in England.“Is he really ready for first-team matches in the Premier League because the physical difference is so big? He probably needs one month to recover the full rhythm.

“The good thing is he knows his body well, works hard on injury prevention and he is always working after training.“I should say, also, that I felt in China, he gave exactly the same effort and quality as he gave me four years ago. We had the feeling in China that he could recover a high level with any team in Europe.”Sanchez Flores still believes Ighalo can shine under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United strive to climb the league.

The Spaniard added: “I have an amazing impression of the player. I fell in love with him. As a guy, he’s professional. He’s a straight arrow. As a person, his life is private. He has strong Christian values and he is respectful.

“As a player, it is difficult to explain Ighalo. His first quality is he can protect the ball and he gives time to the team to get up the field and win the second ball. It’s so difficult to get the ball from him. He’s stronger than he looks.“Four years ago, when we put ball in the space, he was also super fast. Now, with five years difference, he is a bit different… but he will always be fine in a physical battle.

“We played him up front in a two with Troy Deeney and they knew each other inside out but he is absolutely fine to play as a lone frontman, too. One of his most valuable qualities is that his team-mates very quickly learn his strengths and he adapts very well.”