''My Parents Couldn't Afford To Subscribe For Sport Channels'' - Ighalo
March. 09, 2020
Former Nigerian and Manchester United striker, Odion Ighalo, in a recent interview with Sky Sports disclosed how he saved up his lunch money so as to watch Manchester United play at viewing centers because his parents could not afford to subscribe for sports channels on their television.
The former Changchun Yatai striker was snatched up by Olé Gunnar Solskjaer during the winter transfer window as a result of a hip injury to Marcus Rashford.
Ighalo described his transfer to Manchester United as a dream come true for him and also indicated that he is enjoying every moment at Old Trafford.
The 30-year-old also disclosed the sacrifices he made to watch Manchester United play and what being at the club means to him.
“I know many footballers say that, when they sign for a team, this is my dream team. Respect to that but my own case was different,” he told Sky Sports.
“Anyone who knows me back from when I was young knows I and my siblings supported Man Utd, we would pay to go and watch Man Utd play.
“In Nigeria, you have to have sports channels to watch that but not everyone can afford it. My parents couldn’t afford that so you have to pay a viewing centre to watch that. We would pay to watch that.
“I grew up in Ajegunle, which is like a ghetto and it was very difficult there. When it would get to the weekend, everybody was excited because they wanted to watch Man Utd play.
“You start saving the money they would give you to go to school. You would eat at home and they would give you some pocket money to go to school and maybe eat lunch there. But you would be saving it bit by bit and when you get to the weekend, everybody is ready.
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