Former Golden Eaglets and Flying
Eagles coach Emmanuel Amuneke has
warned that Kelechi Iheanacho risks
losing his national team place if the
Super Eagles forward remains inactive
at Manchester City.
Iheanacho struggled to get game
time at Manchester City last season
with manager Pep Guadiola preferring
Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus to the
Nigerian international.
The 21-year-old scored seven goals
in 29 appearances in all competitions
for Manchester City, who finished
third in the Premier League.
“If he is deemed surplus to the club’s
requirements I think he should move
to stay competitive for the Super Eagles
and keep his place,” former African
Footballer of the Year Amuneke said.
“His career could step up once again
if he moves.”
Ex-Super Eagles star Amuneke
worked with Iheanacho at the Nigeria
U-17 level as the Golden Eagles won
the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2013 and
the ex-international still has confidence
in his 21-year-old former prodigy, in
spite of Iheanacho’s disappointing
performance in Nigeria’s shock 2-0
defeat to South Africa in an Africa Cup
of Nations qualifier on 10 June.
Ameneke added: “Kelechi will
succeed if the team plays as a unit. It’s
not just about him alone. It’s a team
game and he will if he is supported.”
Iheanacho has scored seven goals in
his last 10 games for the Super Eagle

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