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Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores has backed Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo’s desire to represent Nigeria at this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil.
Nigeria’s U-23 Eagles coach, Samson Siasia, on Wednesday named Ighalo as one of his top target for the Olympics and the Watford star admits his interest to play for Nigeria.
Flores said: “It depends on the players also. Some players want to go to the Olympic games, other players prefer to rest. “It depends, but finally if the decision of the player is that he wants to go, I am happy.”
Ighalo who is being liked to Arsenal has enjoyed a superb first season in the Barclays Premier League, where he has scored 14 goals as well as one in the FA Cup, and his contribution to his club’s efforts to retain its top-flight status has not gone unnoticed.
“Speculation about Ighalo is very normal. He has been one of the best strikers of the season, so it’s very normal.”
“I know that other players need to support the goals of Deeney and Ighalo, of course. We have a very good second line with [Etienne] Capoue, with [Almen] Abdi, with [Jose Manuel] Jurado, with other players who can score.
“But the situation is that we create attempts, but the players who score are Ighalo and Deeney. But the most important thing is that when we finish the match – we shoot maybe 12, 14 times and have other players shooting also, but the evidence is it is Ighalo and Deeney.”
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