Super Eagles’ hitman Odion Ighalo has responded that he was not angry with critics. The centre-forward failed to make his mark at the 2018, and this annoyed Nigerian supporters who have place faith in him. But the Nigerian has since rediscover his scoring form in the AFCON qualifiers with the hat-trick against Libya as a testament to his immense quality.

And the former Watford striker understanding the plight of supporters have come out to explain that he was not annoyed with the response of the media as it was supposed to be so.

“The fans love football, they are passionate about the Super Eagles and so sometimes you don’t blame them when they are angry,” Ighalo said in a radio interview.

“As a striker they wanted me to score goals at the World Cup, but unfortunately it was not so.

“Some of the fans took the criticisms to another level, which was bad, but I can understand them because I am a professional and so whatever comes with that, you have to go with it.

“I thank the fans who believed in me even after the World Cup, and those who didn’t believe in me, I still thank them because they were supporting the Super Eagles.

“Hopefully, I will work to give my 100 per cent whenever I play for the national team.”

Ighalo’s hat-trick took his goal tally for the Nigerian team to eight in twenty-four appearances.

Genort Rohr backing the hit-man in his post-match talk said that his goal was the best response to critics.