Odion Ighalo Scores Fastest Hat Trick in Saudi Pro League as Al Wehda Thump Damac

Odion Ighalo Scores Fastest Hat Trick in Saudi Pro League as Al Wehda Thump Damac

Lukman Mumuni
updated at September 15, 2023 at 8:33 AM
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  • Odion Ighalo has netted his first hat-trick of the season
  • The Nigerian inspired Al Wehda to victory against Damac
  • Ighalo has set a new record with this hat-trick

Nigerian forward, Odion Ighalo needed only 35 minutes to score the fastest hat-trick in the Saudi Pro League this season.

The former Manchester United striker was in red-hot form as Al Wehda defeated Damac following the resumption of the league after the international break.

Ighalo also became the fifth player to score a hat-trick in the league this season, joining Cristiano Ronaldo of Al Nassr, Al Ahli's Roberto Firminho, Malcom and Aleksandr Mitrovic of Al Hilal.

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Odion Ighalo has scored the fastest goal in the Saudi Pro League this season. Credit: @SPL
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His three goals in 35 minutes made him the fastest hat-trick scorer in the league, according to the SPL.

The Super Eagles striker netted his first in the 17th minute but Damac levelled with nine minutes left to half-time.

However, the 34-year-old scored at the stroke of half-time from the spot to give the Eagles the lead.

Ighalo completed his hat-trick after the break with a fine finish in the 52nd minute as Al Wehda extended their advantage.

Ten minutes later Craig Godwin added Al Wehda's fourth before Sultan Faqihi netted with seven minutes remaining to half the deficit for Damac.

The ex-Watford star joined Al Wehda in the summer transfer window after leaving Al Hilal, as reported by kingfut.com.

Al Wehda announce signing of Ighalo

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that former Manchester United striker, Odion Ighalo will continue his career in Saudi Arabia after sealing a move to Al Wehda.

The ex-Al Shabab forward signed a deal to join the Eagles after ending his stay with giants Al Hilal.

Ighalo becomes Al Wehda's first signing of the summer in a transfer window that has seen most of the clubs in Saudi Arabia very busy.

Deeney opens up on relationship with Ighalo

Former Watford captain, Troy Deeney, has disclosed how Odion Ighalo's support for Manchester United resulted in their defeat to the Red Devils at Old Trafford in 2016.

Ighalo, who eventually saw his childhood dream of playing for the English giants come true, had the chance to win the game for the Hornets on March 2, 2016, but failed to take advantage on a cold night at Old Trafford.

Juan Mata scored a late freekick to secure all three points for the 20-time English champions.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.