By John Egbokhan
Uyo-Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo said that it was not money that is driving his ambition and those of other teammates to play for the national team.
The Eagles in their last match against Cameroon were promised $10,000 for any goal scored by the governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel. However, Ighalo insists that it was not about the money but the burning desire to play at the World Cup.
“Most of us in the team have not gone to the World Cup, so there is no amount of money that can get me motivated,” said Ighalo.
“Playing in the World Cup is my motivation because I have only been to the U20 World Cup.
“It will be a great honour for me to represent over 170 million Nigerians in Russia – [a tournament which has eluded] some great players.
“Against Zambia, I will do whatever it takes to win the game though a draw will be good for us.”
He added: “We’ll go into this game with maximum concentration and focus because a game like this is dicey because we are playing against a young and good side.
“With the calibre of players we have, we are capable of beating any team and on Saturday, we are going to win by God’s grace.”