Super Eagles manager, Sunday Oliseh was predictably delighted after Kelechi Iheanacho’s last gasp goal gave Manchester City the maximum points against Crystal Palace at the weekend.
“I do admit though that it feels good to have credible options for the future,’’ Oliseh said in a tweet he posted via his Twitter handle: @SundayOOliseh, moments after the Premier League game.
Iheanacho himself was upbeat after his first goal in the Premier League: ‘I’m happy,’ Iheanacho said. ‘It means the world to me to score the goal.’
“I am happy to score a goal like that. Palace are a great team but we are also a strong team. I am hoping to do great for the team. It is not easy because there are great players here but I have to work hard and I will get there. We are much stronger this season and we are going to go all the way,” said the Nigerian youth international in an interview with Skysport.
“He’s a very important player for us in the future,” said Manchester City boss, Manuel Pellegrini about Iheanacho’s late heroic. “He’s just 18 and started working with our squad last season.’’
The manager spoke on what he told Iheanacho before sending him on. ‘Go and score a goal.’
Pellegrini has already shown faith in the starlet’s ability just by putting him in their 18-man squad.
Some City players took to Twitter to pay tribute to Iheanacho for scoring his first goal for the Etihad outfit on Saturday.
The Nigeria youth international became the third youngest player to score for The Citizens in the Premier League after Micah Richards and Daniel Sturridge, when he hit target in the 90th minute against Crystal Palace.
France international Samir Nasri tweeted: “Hard game today but great result, congrats to Kelechi for his 1st goal. Now focus on Tuesday. ”
Fernandinho added: “Great win today, we fight to the end. Congratulations to Kelechi for the first of many goals, thanks…”
Iheanacho will not be in action tomorrow in City’s Champions League clash against Juventus as he was not registered for the group stage of the competition.

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