Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo has reached a new milestone, equaling the record of the most goals scored in a single game in the Chinese Super League.
Ighalo was in fine form for his Chinese club Changchun Yatai as he notched four solid goals to wrecked Guizhou Hengfeng far from home on Saturday.
The 28-year old put his side ahead in the 24th minute after venturing up to convert a penalty before his second in the 38th minute as Chen Jingang’s men went into the halftime break with a 3-1 lead.
Fan Wang scored for Guizhou Hengfeng in the 60th minute to lessen the lead but Ighalo went ahead to scored two more goals to give his side 3 vital points.
Ighalo completed his harvest of goals when he scored the third goal for his side in the 86th minute and still went ahead to score his fourth in the 90th minute which was the last goal of the game, and hand his side their greatest away win of the season.
The former Watford forward is happy that his hard work in perfecting scoring chances has yielded results :
“I have not been lucky in front of goal but today God gave me all the ones that haven’t been entering since the start of the season at once,” Ighalo said.
“I am happy and I have been working hard to perfect finishing in front of goal.
“And it was a good performance from the team too.”
With his new landmark, Ighalo becomes the eleventh player in Chinese Football League to score four times in a game.
Ighalo joins the leagues of previous record holder such as Utaka, Ayew, Hu Zhijun, Hao Haidong, Zoue Jie, Li Bing, Li Jinju, Elvis Scott, Eber Cucchi and Eran Zahavi in the record books.
Changchun Yatai are currently positioned 10th in the Super League with eight points from seven games.