- NFF commiserates with Watford star on father’s death
Nigeria international Odion Ighalo has announced the death of his father, Paul Ighalo.
The late Paul Ighalo died around 2 a.m Monday after he complained of general body weakness.
The Watford striker told AfricanFootball.com that it was painful his father has passed on.
“I lost my father early hours of today (Monday),” Ighalo told AfricanFootball.com
“I’m short of words at this moment. I can’t believe my dad is no more. I spoke to him on Saturday and he prayed for me. I never knew that would be the last time we would have a father-and-son conversation. I’m going to miss him a great deal because he has been the greatest motivator for me in my career,” mourned Ighalo.
On Sunday, Ighalo and Watford failed to reach the FA Cup final in England after they lost 2-1 to Crystal Palace.
Meanwhile, President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, yesterday put a call through to the Watford player to mourn with him and assure the player of the empathy of the NFF and the Nigeria football fraternity.
“I know that no amount of words can console you at this moment. But I want you to know that the NFF and the Nigeria football family are mourning with you at this period. It is always tough to lose a parent. But I want you to be strong at this period and be there for younger members of the family. That is very important.” This Day