Ighalo slams ‘poor’ Eagles after Barea loss

 Ighalo slams ‘poor’ Eagles after Barea loss

Shanghai Shenhua striker Odion Ighalo has taken a swipe at the Super Eagles performance against Madagascar in the wake of their 2-0 loss in Alexandria on Sunday at the Africa Cup of Nations tournament.

Ighalo, who kept his place in the starting line-up for the encounter after five changes were made by Gernot Rohr, also attributed the loss to complacency.

The former Watford star added that the loss will serve as a ‘wakeup call’ to the team ahead of their Round of 16 clash.

“I think this is a wakeup call for us, today (Sunday), we played very poorly, we were relaxed and our mentality was not very good,” Ighalo said in the pre-match interview.

“Probably it is because we were already qualified but this game has shown us that there is no easy team in this competition.

“We have to go back, regroup and ensure we do well for the next game which is a match with no room for mistakes.

A goal in each half from Lalaina Nomenjanahary and CarolusAndriamahitsinoro secured a memorable win for the Barea who finished top of Group B with seven points.

Ayomide Oyewole

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