YESSENTUKI, RUSSIA - JUNE 12: Odion Ighalo of Nigeria poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session on June 12, 2018 in Yessentuki, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Former Super Eagles striker, Odion Jude Ighalo has said he has no regrets on missing out on the final top 3 for the African Footballer of the Year awards but is rather proud to have made the initial shortlist despite an injury-laden 2019 season, reports.


The former Watford of England striker who called it quits with the Super Eagles after the AFCON in Egypt was overlooked by CAF when they made public the list of the last three despite clinching the 2019 AFCON top scorer ahead of the final 3 players. Ighalo, however, said he can only wish the winner well.


“I’m happy that my name was there in the first place, but unfortunately didn’t make the last 3 nominees so I wish the final 3 players the best of luck and anyone of them that wins it,” Ighalo concluded.


Having finished top scorer during the 2019 AFCON qualifiers, the 30-year-old led a very young Super Eagles attack in Egypt as he also helped Nigeria clinch Bronze on their first return to the competition since the 2013 triumph in South Africa.


He also helped Shanghai Shenhua clinch their 5th FA Cup crown as they made amends for a rather disappointing league season which saw them finish 13th in the Chinese Super League.