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Odion Ighalo played all 90 minutes in Changchun Yatai's 5-1 loss to Shanghai SIPG in the CSL opener

Super Eagles’ and Changchun Yatai goal poacher, Odion Jude Ighalo his determined to start the new Chinese Super League season on a high after declaring he is fit and ready to compete for both club and country.

The former Watford striker, who spoke to AOIFootball.com exclusively from his base in China, said the season is less than a week away and he and his teammates want to better their last season’s performance.

“Our preseason went well and we played some quality games in Spain, so hopefully we should be ready to take to the pitch next Friday.

“For now, the aim is just to get started in a good way because it’s been a long break and hopefully we can do better than last season,” Ighalo said.

Ighalo was Changchun Yatai best player last season by a distance, scoring 15 goals and creating another 4 and the striker said he is more than determined to improve in all aspects of his game to ensure he is in perfect shape for the World Cup in Russia.

“These are defining moments for every player that wants to play at the biggest stage. Last season was good for me, but I believe I have what it takes to even do better. I just want to be in good shape before the World Cup,” Ighalo concluded.

Ighalo and Changchun will open their season campaign away to the club of fellow Nigerian Obafemi Martins’ Shanghai Shenhua next Friday.

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