Shanghai Greenland Shenhua of China striker, Odion Jude Ighalo had a rude brithday gift on Sunday, as he and his colleagues in the Super Eagles slump in a 1-0 loss to Senegal.
Ighalo entered the game in Ismailia, Egypt with great experctations, hopeful of a glorious 30th birthday gift from the team, only to see his hopes dashed by a 20th minute goal off the boot of Everton of England midfielder, Idrissa Gana Gueye.
Gueye, who captained the Senegalese, netted the game’s single goal, which edned the Eagles’ eight-game unbeaten run, and spoilt Ighalo’s day of fun at the training pitch of Hotel Mercure in Ismailia.
However, that did not stop Ighalo’s fans from celebrating their idol, and sweet words rolled out in his favour on social media, as several posts got priome attention to highlight what wwas meant to be a happy birthday.
The information department of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) was not left out of the roll call of remarks to commemorate Ighalo’s day of bith, with the soccer governing body also taking to social media with a prayer that the striker will keep raining goals.
The NFF stated: “Happy birthday goal poacher, @ighalojude! Keep scoring.”
Ighalo Fans added two separate posts to celebrate the ex-Julius Berger FC of Lagos, Prime FC of Osogbo, Lyn Oslo of Norway, Udeinese of Italy, Granada of Spain, Watford of England and Changchun Yatai of China star.
The posts stated: “It’s Official! Happy Birthday To A Phenomenal Person, Odion Jude Ighalo. #HappyBirthdayLegend❤
“Truly It Has Not Been An Easy Ride. Thank God For The Gift Of Life. Happy Birthday Odion Jude Ighalo. #happybirthdayighalo #Nigeria.”