By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Super Eagles and Manchester United forward Jude Odion Ighalo said that his goodwill, givings, and charity is bringing many blessings to his football career. The striker whose loan deal from Shanghai Shenhua in China was recently extended by Manchester United shared his charitable experience with former Nigerian player, Ifeanyi Udeze on Sports Radio, Brila FM, Lagos.
“When I was growing up back in Ajegunle, we do see small children being dumped on the road because the mother can’t take care of them. I was young then and said that if God blesses me when I grow up, I am going to build an orphanage to take care of kids. When I was growing up and started making money, those things keep coming to my mind and I decided to do it. The moment I had it in my mind to build an orphanage, God started blessing me. I was just going from glory to glory. It didn’t take me up to six months to save money in order to build that orphanage. I built the orphanage before building my mansion in Lagos. I was about finishing the orphanage before getting the big deal to move to China. This has opened doors for me. I have over 100 widows in Lagos that I am taking care of. I have widows in Abuja and two orphanages in Lagos and Abuja that I do send money to every month. I have crippled people in Abuja that I do send money to. I have lots of charity that I do because that is where the blessing comes from.” He said.
Ighalo who has scored four goals in three starting appearances for Manchester United coming from the FA Cup and UEFA Europa League asserted that he is not using any charm but his kind gesture to young children, less privileged and widows is bringing success and blessing to his career.
“It is not because I know how to pray or worship God but the way one gives will determine what will come back to you in double folds. I am living on God and the grace of charity that I am doing.”
“Some people think that I am using jazz or juju to be where I am today. It is the blessings of all those good things that I am doing. If I have any problem, apart from my mother, I will put a phone call through to the children of my orphanage with video call, with only one prayer from the children, everything will come back to normal. They pray for me and God listens to the prayers of these little children because they are innocent.” He concluded.
The former Julius Berger, Lyn, and Watford forward who retired from the national team after emerging as the leading goal scorer at last African Cup of Nations in Egypt is now opening the door to coming back from retirement as he said that he retired because China was far from Nigeria. Now that he is playing in England, it is hoped that the striker will soon return to the national team in order to motivate young players in the mould of Victor Osimhen, Samuel Chukwueze, and Joe Aribo.
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