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Iheanacho woos Guardiola with goals



Iheanacho woos Guardiola with goals

…aims to keep Eagles momentum against B’Faso



Manchester City’s striker Kelechi Iheanacho’s goal ensured the Super Eagles did not go down to their first defeat under manager Gernot Rohr when they played a 1-1 draw with Senegal on Thursday and the Nigerian side can bank on the 20-year-old for success as they confront Burkina Faso on Monday in London.

The Nigerian side was trailing the Senegalese when Mousa Sow put the Terenga Lions in front after the hour mark but Iheanacho was brought down in the vital area and the youngster rose up to put away the penalty.

Iheanacho is fast proving to be the man Nigeria can count on after he scored five goals in his last six games for the Super Eagles. Over and over again, the former Golden Eaglets star has shown he is the future of the national team.

The youngster scored his maiden goal for the country in Nigeria’s 1-0 win over Mali in an international friendly game and he added another one in another 2-0 victory against Luxembourg.

His terrific strike in the 1-0 triumph over Tanzania in Uyo summed up the player’s abundant talent. Although he is struggling for playing time at Manchester City at the moment, he still boasts of one of the best statistics in the EPL; his scoring ratio is still rated one of the best in Europe’s top five leagues.

He was expected to gain more playing time when Brazilian Gabriel Jesus was sidelined but coach Pep Guardiola has chosen to prolong the youngster’s stay on the bench.

This is the first time the player will play two games consecutively and he will fancy his chances of scoring against the Stallions to further lay claim to more playing time at his club. Former Super Eagles striker Victor Ikepeba told Saturday Telegraph that the two friendly matches would certainly help the youngster at his club if he proves himself in those games.

“If you are playing for big teams like Arsenal, Manchester City you should know that there will be competition in every position. It shouldn’t be a big worry; this might be a big opportunity for somebody like Iheanacho to play two games consecutively and this could help him when he gets back to his club. In football anything can happen,” he said.

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