Nigeria and Watford FC Striker, Odion Ighalo has been named as October’s English Premier League African Player of the Month.
He finished just above Sadio Mane of Southampton who ran him really close, and Manchester City’s Yaya Toure.
The award was announced by the Director of New African Soccer’s Award, Mr. Tunde Adelakun, who applauded Ighalo for carrying his goal scoring form from the Championship last season to the Premier League this season.
He said: ‘Odion Ighalo has been tethering on the periphery of this award since the season started. He has come into the Premier League with a rich scoring form from the Championship, and carried it on as if it was normal.”
On receiving his award, the Nigerian international said that he was moved by the Award and that it can only motivate him to continue to do more, and set a good positive benchmark for others like him from Africa.
Ighalo said, “It is a great honour for me to be given this award. I thank God, through whom I achieved most of what I have, and my team mates for making it possible for me to score the goals that I score.
“I work hard for the goals I score and I spot opportunity.”
The 26-year old also assured the presenters that there was more to come from him. “You will always be welcome here to present more of these awards because I promise you, this will not be the last time I win it.”
Ighalo’s Watford will host Manchester United next on 21st November, before playing Aston Villa at Villa Park on November 28th.