Ighalo roots for 1 GAME


Granada FC attacker Odion Jude Ighalo says Nigerians all over the world must begin to embrace 1 GAME, the campaign against violence in football.

Ighalo told 1 GAME’s China Acheru that he had never experienced violence in football until the last league game in the Spanish second division a few months ago.

“I can’t remember any violence in football apart from the last away game in the League when we gained promotion.

“We won away from home and after the game, the Granada fans ran into the pitch in joy but fans of the home side Elche were not too happy and tried to fight me until the police came.

“It was not a big deal but I was scared at the time it was happening. They were just angry they lost the promotion but I’m okay with that. Its football for you,” Ighalo said.

“My name is Odion Jude Ighalo; I play for Granada CF of Spain. Let’s support 1 GAME. Let’s not be violent.”

Born on 16 June 1989, in Lagos, Nigeria, Ighalo made his debut for Lyn of Norway on 16 September 2007 against Viking having transferred from Julius Berger in Nigeria. After only 10 months in Norway he moved to Italy and signed a 5-year contract with Serie A side Udinese for a record fee of US$2, 8 million.

In July 2009, he was loaned out to Spanish side Granada CF. During the 2010-11 season, Ighalo helped Granada to gain promotion to La Liga as he scored in a 1-1 draw with Elche CF in the promotion playoffs which sent Granada to the first division on the away goals rule.

He played for Nigeria’s Flying Eagles at the FIFA U20 World Cup hosted by Egypt in 2009.
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