By Izuchukwu Okosi
Super Eagles of Nigeria and Leicester forward Kelechi Iheanacho is the rave of the moment following his goal and assist for Leicester City last Sunday evening in the Foxes’ 2-1 home win against Everton that paraded another Super Eagle, Alex Iwobi.
Iheanacho who has not played for his team in the Premier League and by extension since December 2018 came off the bench in place of Ayoze Perez in the 62nd minute, provided the assist for Jamie Vardy in the 68th minute –with Wilfred Ndidi laying the pass that led to Iheanacho’s cross that Vardy put away.
Iheanacho then scored a last gasp winner and there was anxiety as the Foxes had to wait for the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) to confirm that he was not offside.
The Nigerian did not play at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt due to lack of football and it was a massive relief that his Premier League campaign is off to a promising start. First goal in 24 matches for his club clearly deserve the post match celebrations.
Iheanacho may have also played himself back to national team reckoning following his Sunday’s form.
“I have been waiting for this opportunity and I know one day it’s going to come. So I have been working hard in training everyday to make sure that I keep up to the standard.
“I’m happy today. It was a good day. I scored and assisted Jamie so it was fantastic for both teams,” Iheanacho said in his post match reactions.
Interestingly on Monday he dedicated the goal to his family, teammates and fans.
“This one is for the fans the staff my team mates and my family thank you for been there for me ❤️❤️❤️,”Iheanacho tweeted Monday morning.
Now, there is nothing absolutely wrong in dedicating your goal or awards to your family, fans or teammates but there is a caveat. Mind those that come to you in the time of your success.
Iheanacho has apparently worked very hard in Leicester training as he alluded to in that post match reaction and that shows that whatever that hindered his chances of making Gernot Rohr’s AFCON team had given way and he now pays attention to his body and game.
Hangers on who add nothing to his well being and career pathway must be avoided. This could be the time that Iheanacho will be careful with those that get close to him and what they say or do around him.
Night partying, the booze, the girls at least to a great extent,and the praise singers are in the category of those that need filtering.
If Iheanacho takes care of this areas very well and continues the hard work in training, then he is on the road to rediscovering that amazing gifts we all know he possesses.
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