Nigerian international striker Odion Ighalo has explained how difficult it will be for him to cope with the Super Eagles inability to qualify for the 2017 African Cup of Nations which is scheduled to hold in Gabon.
The Africa's most glamorous soccer competition will start on January 10 2017, and Ighalo said it would not be too good watching the showpiece via the television.
After winning the 2013 African Cup of Nations in South Africa, this will be the second time that the Super Eagles are missing out in the Africa's showpiece.
''It will be so painful for Nigerian fans and most especially we players watching the Nations Cup from home.
''So sad that as big as Nigeria is, we won't play in the 2017 Nations Cup, but we players will try as much as possible to qualify for the next edition,'' he explained
The 27-year-old Watford forward is however optimistic that the Super Eagles would qualify for the 2018 World Cup billed for Russia.
''We have to pick the ticket for the 2018 World Cup for us to redeem ourselves and make our fans happy,'' Ighalo added