Ighodaro To Return To Downs?

Etiosa Ighodaro has done enough at Chippa United to deserve a Downs recall

His name is Etiosa Godspower Ighodaro, underline his middle name.

His God must be indeed powerful, because Ighodaro is scoring goals, meaning he might get a chance to be called back by his parent club, Mamelodi Sundowns.

Currently on loan at Chippa United, the 21-year-old Nigerian forward has scored seven goals in fifteen games for the Chilli Boys, not a bad return at all.

Before joining Chippa United, Ighodaro played twenty-two games for AmaTuks in the 2021/22 season, scoring four goals.

His performances out on loan should be enough to convince Mamelodi Sundowns head coach, Rulani Mokwena, to give him a chance at Chloorkop.

If he can score goals at Chippa United, imagine what he can do at Downs with all that quality within the team surrounding him!

GodsPower can be unstoppable, as if ordained from above to hit the back of the net with much ease.

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But, does he have a place at Mamelodi Sundowns?

With the likes of Gift Motupa, and Thabiso Kutumela kicking their heels on the stands instead of kicking the ball into the net on the field of play, one wonders if Ighodaro might not suffer the same fate should he return to the Brazilians.

Added to a list of factors that can count against him, is Peter Shalulile, and starlet, Cassius Mailula.

Lately, Rulani Mokwena is slowly introducing another promising youngster in Jerome Karelse.

Taking the factors into consideration, GodsPower’s chances of a return to Chloorkop, or even game time should he return, look slim.

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What can Sundowns do to create space for Ighodaro?

He is a proven goalscorer, and Mamelodi Sundowns thrives on having high performers in their team.

Surely they can be able to shuffle things around to make space for Ighodaro.

And the answer lies with Motupa and Kutumela.

The two players, it seems, are really not in coach Rulani’s plans. With their lack of game time, loan moves might be their only solution to get some game time.

Surely, they are not having a ball sitting on the stands.

What can Etiosa offer the Brazilians?

Besides his proven goalscoring escapades, GodsPower can give Downs another dimension in the final third.

He has power, aggression, technique, and a good sense of positioning, meaning he can ‘smell’  goalscoring opportunities before they are created, or create them himself with his clever runs off the ball.

Sundowns often have to deal with reinforced defensive structures, and Ighodaro might be a perfect solutions should opposition defensive lines need to be broken by all means necessary.

On top of tactical/technical reasons, injuries, loss of form, and other unforeseen circumstances in football, Shalulile and Mailula might find themselves on the sidelines in the near future, and GodsPower will be ready to step in.

As he awaits his fate, all is in God’s power for Ighodaro, he has played his part.

Etiosa Ighodaro has done enough at Chippa United to deserve a Downs recall
Etiosa Ighodaro has done enough at Chippa United to deserve a Downs recall