Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo has admitted that the Chinese Super League is tougher and stronger than he expected.
The 28-year-old said this ahead of Nigeria’s international friendly match with Serbia on Tuesday.
Ighalo now plays for Chinese Super League side, Changchun Yatai following his move from English Premier League side, Watford last year.
The forward, who is currently in London with the Nigerian national team, admits players in Chinese league play a different type of football.
“Before I went there, people were saying the level of the Chinese League is very low and you are going to score a lot of goals,” Ighalo told BBC.
“When I got there, I saw a different football game. There are a lot of foreign coaches and foreign players improving the league and the league is getting tougher and stronger,” he added.
Ighalo, who has scored one goal in 3 games so far this season, scored 15 goals in 27 games last season for Yatai.
He added, “This is not what people were talking about. It’s tough and it’s difficult to score goals.
“If the opportunity jumps on them and they think properly about it, they should go because it’s an opportunity to make some money, play in Asia and to experience the life and culture there.”
Ighalo featured in the 1-0 win over Poland on Friday in a pre-World Cup friendly match and will hope to play against Serbia in London on Tuesday night.