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Ighalo dreams goals against Crystal Palace in FA Cup semifinal

Watford’s Nigeria international striker Odion Ighalo is dreaming of scoring the goals that would knock Crystal Palace out of the FA Cup at Wembley on Sunday and send his team into the final on 21 May.

Ighalo, who was brought up in the Lagos slum of Ajegunle, told the BBC’s Football Focus that he has “never played at Wembley before and it would be a dream to score”. He said he regularly dreams about scoring goals and he hoped Watford wins tomorrow, so that they will be back at the same venue for the final.

“Words can’t describe the feeling I get from scoring goals”, Ighalo said. He recalled how he scored in his Premier League debut in 8 August last year, coming on as a sub in the 2-2 draw with Everton: “I couldn’t sleep that night”.

Ighalo celebrates his first Premier League goal in August
Ighalo celebrates his first Premier League goal in August

Ighalo, now a cult hero for the fans at Vicarage Road, also spoke about the football-mad fans back home in Nigeria: “They only support the big teams like Manchester United and Arsenal, but now there is a lot of support for Watford because of me.” He said he plans to take about 150 Watford jerseys back to Nigerian fans when he goes back at the end of the season, and has been buying about “20 or 30 every month”.

The frontman, who has patented a dribble known as the “Iggy Chop”, said defenders even in training were no longer falling for the move. But if they try to stop it, he would shoot and if they tried to stop the shot, he would pull of the move.

Watch the “Iggy Chop”:

Ighalo hasn’t scored for Watford since 30 January. Watford fans would be hoping that barren spell ends tomorrow, with a few “Iggy Chops” thrown in for good measure.

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