Despite the disappointment of his team being relegated to the lower league, Super Eagles’ striker, Odion Ighalo emerged as Africa’s best striker at the just concluded Chinese Super League season, reports.

The Changchun Yatai captain, who finished second on the overall scorers’ chart, scored 21 goals in 28 league games to make him Africa’s most lethal striker ahead of the likes of Cedric Bukambu, Frank Acheampong and Benjamin Mukandjo who all finished behind him.

However, the Nigerian lost out to Lei Wu in the race for the Golden Boot with the Shanghai SIPG attacker scoring 27 goals, whilst Eran Zhazi came third with 20 goals.

Ighalo did also set a personal record in the CSL this season, becoming Changchun Yatai’s record all-time goals scorer and also becoming the first African to score four goals in a CSL match when he netted four times in a 5-2 bashing of Guizhou Hengfeng.

Ighalo will however not be short of options following his side’s relegation as a potential move back to Europe is on the cards for the 29-year-old.

CSL top 5 African goals scorers:

  1. Odion Ighalo (Nigeria) 21 goals

  1. Cedric Bakambu (Congo) 19 goals

  1. Frank Acheampong (Ghana) 17 goals

  1. Nyasha Mushekwi (Zimbabwe) 15 goals

  1. Steve Babacar Trawally (Gambia) 11 goals