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Soccer News of Tuesday, 13 September 2022


World Cup 2022: Ighalo makes history in Qatar, Nigerians react

Odion Ighalo celebrates with the Super Cup trophy Odion Ighalo celebrates with the Super Cup trophy

Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo made history on Friday, September 9 by becoming the first player to score at the Lusail Stadium, the venue that will host the final of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

The ex-Manchester United striker's beautiful lob in the 18th minute put his Al Hilal side ahead against Zamalek in the Lusail Super Cup.

The Egyptian side equalized in the 33rd minute forcing the game to the shootouts.

Al Hilal won 4-1 on penalties to claim the prestigious trophy as Odion Ighalo added to his collection of Super Cup trophies in Saudi Arabia and China.

Lusail Stadium is Qatar's biggest tournament venue for the fast-approaching FIFA World Cup.

The 80,000-capacity stadium will host the final, along with matches during every stage of the Mundial.

Some die-hard fans of Odion Ighalo took to social media to congratulate the Super Eagles striker for making history.

Here are some reactions from Odion Ighalo fans on Facebook

A Facebook user VictorWealth Asoh wrote, “That means he has played his world cup already..... Congratulations bro!”

Another fan, Kimiebi Imomotimi Ebienfa wrote “It was a proud moment as a Nigeria. Kudos Ighalo. More wins.”

Ogunbowale George Abiodun said, “9JA NO DEY LAST. WE SHINE EVERYWHERE WE GO. ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????”

Afam Ogbogu added,“Congratulations Odion when it's your time nothing can stop you.”

Onukaogu Bernard Tochukwu also added, “Congratulations Boss. I was there live @ Lusail Stadium ???? for their Super cup.”

Tatirnyuy Collins said,“This means any African team playing there will carry the day and the team is Cameroon”

Nigeria missed the World Cup ticket to arch-rivals Ghana via the away goal rule during the playoffs in March.