Man on fire, Odion Ighalo netted four times against Guizhou Zhicheng at the weekend


Super Eagles and Changchun Yatai striker, Odion Jude Ighalo has urged his teammates and other Nigerian players to consider the option of the Chinese League when transferring from their clubs.

The striker, who spoke exclusively to, said the Chinese Super League has shown him a more different aspect of the round leather game and made him a much better player.

“The Chinese League is not like the English Premier League or other leagues in Europe- and it is growing. They have more foreign players now who have brought experienced and more competition to the league.

“The CSL also possesses some of the best managers in the world like World Cup- winning Brazil coach Felipe Scolari, Fabio Cappello, Andre Villas Boas a European trophy winner and many more. These coaches are helping the league to grow tactically and technically,” Ighalo said.

The former Watford striker also advised players who have been sceptical of the League to now consider it as an option in the future as he sees the league even growing much more competitive in the coming years.

“If any player wants to play in the CSL, I will advice such a player to make the move because, if he’s not getting playing time in Europe, why not try the Chinese League, play regularly and make good money after all ‘nah were man de work, him go chop'” Ighalo quipped in Pidgin.

He continued:

“It’s really not always about the money though, but the joy and the opportunity to play week in week out and get fit.

“As for me, I will rather be playing 90 minutes every week in China than be begging for playing time in Europe, even when I am training well and proving myself.”

The former Watford and Granada striker has scored 15 league goals in 26 appearances for Changchun Yatai this season.