The Nigeria international remains Watford’s season goal scorer having netted 16 goals in all competitions for the team and with a quest to win the trophy for the first time, Ighalo knows that his goals will be vital for the team.
If he reaches the final it will, strangely, be the first time that the 26-year-old has played in a cup final of any kind in a career that has taken him from Nigeria to Norway, where he moved at age 18, played in Serie A with Udinese, La Liga with Granada and now the Championship and Premier League with Watford first on loan and then permanently.
Nevertheless the cup run has been “a bit special” – knocking out Newcastle United, Nottingham Forest, Leeds United and Arsenal away (the last time Ighalo scored). “The fans want it and we want it,” Ighalo said. “This is a big competition here in England. Now we are safe in the Premier League and although we want to do better this semifinal is a very big thing. It’s a chance for people to have a look at us and understand how we have done.
“Not every team in the Premier League can win it but they can win the FA Cup. No one gave Watford a chance of being where we are today but we are there now and it’s possible for us to win and go to the final.
“As a footballer it is all the more special because it is played at Wembley, a great stadium, the great stadium of English football and one that I have not played in before. So that means a lot.