The China-based striker said he would prefer winning the trophy with the team than winning the golden shoe for himself. He however said winning both would not be a bad feat.
Ighalo came in for sharp criticism after the Super Eagles were knocked out in the group stage at last year’s World Cup, but coach Gernot Rohr was full of praise for the way he has responded.
After scoring the winner in Nigeria’s opening Cup of Nations game against Burundi, Ighalo delivered a match-winning performance against defending champions Cameroon in the last 16.
He scored twice and set up Alex Iwobi for the decisive goal in Alexandria as Nigeria rallied from 2-1 down to earn a thrilling 3-2 victory. Ighalo used his feet to again hit back at his detractors.
The Eagles face South Africa in the quarter-final of the competition after the latter dispatched hosts Egypt 1-0 in their round of 16 clash.