A return to goals scoring form by Leicester City attacker, Kelechi Iheanacho has caught the attention of Super Eagles’ coach, Gernot Rohr, who has sensationally hinted that the former Manchester City whiz-kid could be recalled to the Nigerian national team.
With Iheanacho netting again at the weekend, making it three goals in two pre-season matches within a space of three days with Leicester, the youngster is bound to set tongues wagging, and Rohr is now joining in celebrating the lad’s return to net-banging form.
Such is the encouragement Iheanacho is getting from the Franco-German coach, who left the UAE 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup gold medalist and most valuable player off his roster for the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, but has now put him back in line for a recall for the Eagles’ next game.
This comes after Iheanacho hit two at the weekend, adding to his earlier goal against Cambridge United on Wednesday, which ended a run of 30 games without finding the net, over a period of ten months.
Iheanacho continued making his case for a recall to the Eagles by netting a brace against Rotherham United on Saturday afternoon, as he wants to make up for missing AFCON 2019, after earlier being left out of Rohr’s roster for the last qualification match against Seychelles in Asaba.
He has not played for the Eagles since making a substitute appearance against Uganda in a friendly in November, but could be back exactly a year after, when Nigeria host Benin Republic in the first match of the AFCON 2021 qualifiers, with his case now buttressed by his sizzling brace in Leicester’s 2-2 with Rotherham at New York Stadium.
The revived star’s first goal came in the 12th minute, when he slotted a finish beyond Daniel Iversen from inside the area, but Iheanacho was then unlucky not to add to his tally six minutes later, as the goalkeeper tipped his effort around the post.
However, ‘Kelele’ again made hay in the 72nd minute, when he fired into the top corner from close range to make it 2-1, before Rotherham’s Nigerian-born midfielder, Michael Ihiekwe saved the day for the hosts, as he struck a late equaliser for The Millers nine minutes from time.
After seeing Iheanacho in action for the entirety of the game, and being able to net three goals in two matches, Rohr hinted that the attacker has started working well on his fitness and attitude, with a verdict that the lad from Taye Football Academy, Owerri has turned a new leaf.
Rohr told NationSports: ”Work has already started and I know that this player Kelechi Iheanacho can still do a good job for us.
”I know that Kelechi can be an interesting player for the Super Eagles. I was talking with him throughout the AFCON because he’s still a congruent part of our team.
“I know he wants to work harder now because he has understood the professional ways of doing things.”