Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo has attempted at explaining his continuous goal drought for Nigeria which continued on Saturday against Croatia at the World Cup.

Ighalo told reporters in the Mixed Zone after the Group D defeat against Croatia that it is very hard playing as a lone striker in the team’s formation.

“It is the formation we play in the team in which I am the lone striker. It can be difficult especially as one is sometimes contending against three, even five defenders”.

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“The coach chooses the system and pattern we play and we just have to play it to the best of our ability. We have won matches playing this way in the past too.”

Ighalo made his reputation at Watford in the English Premier League and in the Championship playing in a front 2 partnership with Troy Deeney. However, with the national team over the years he has always been asked to plough a lone furrow upfront.

“Yes I know I like playing with a strike partner or even have more midfielders joining the play and running beyond me but that is not how we play for the Super Eagles most times”.