AFCON 2019 Qualifiers: Ighalo Finishes As Leading Marksman


Super Eagles forward Odion Ighalo finished as the top hitman after the final rounds of qualifying matches for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt on Sunday,

Ighalo edged out Burundi ‘ s Fiston Abdul Razak to finish top of the goalscorers’ chart with seven goals.

The Shanghai Shenhua of China forward scored the opening goal in the Super Eagles 3-1 win against the Pirates of Seychelles in their final group game at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba on Friday.

The former Watford striker was on target in all the games he featured for the Super Eagles in the qualifiers.

He scored once for the Super Eagles on match day two against Seychelles at the Stade Linte, Victoria, got a hat-trick on match day three against the Mediterranean Knights of Libya at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium, Uyo and also hit the back of the net once in the reverse fixture against the North Africans in Sfax.

Gernot Rohr’s side finished top of Group E with 13 points from six games.

The Super Eagles are making a return to Africa’s showpiece event after missing out on the last two editions of the competition.

Fiston failed to add to his six- goal tally in Burundi ‘ s 1-1 home draw against the Panthers of Gabon at the Prince Louis Rwagasore Stadium, Bujumbura on Saturday.

His goal scoring prowess is the key reason why the Swallows will be making their maiden appearance at the AFCON finals this summer in Egypt.