Say What Now: International Striker Odion Ighalo Blames Frequent Travel for Goalless Games


Super Eagles striker, and Watford FC forward, Odion Ighalo, has blamed his inability not to extend his goal scoring tally to an international break.

Ighalo who started the season in the Premier League like a house on fire, scoring on all cylinders for the newly promoted Watford, has had a short of goals recently for the club.

Having netted 16 goals in all competitions this season, the Nigerian international has revealed that playing for the senior national team affected his performance for Watford in the concluding part of the season.

“The international week is tiring,” Ighalo said.

“After you play at the weekend you have to fly to and play with the national team. You then play twice in six or seven days after a long flight. I remember that [in March] I flew from here to Nigeria. It was seven hours. Then we flew to Egypt, back again to Nigeria and then back to England,” he continued.

The striker also said that the travelling is really telling on him as well as his teammates.

“It was really difficult and telling on me. We are humans, not robots. So it’s really tiring. But what can you do? It’s your national team. We are all working to represent the national team,” he said further.