Leicester City of England attacker, Kelechi Iheanacho and FC Zurich of Switzerland striker, Stephen Odey have joined the array of Nigerian players with summertime goals for their respective clubs, and both youngster expressed delight with their feats.
While Odey hit target for Zurich in a Swiss Super League game against Grasshopper FC, Iheanacho marked his return to Leicester with a goal in a pre-season friendly against Udinese of Italy, which the former English Premier League champions lost 2-1.
Iheanacho made hay after going on as a second half substitute to help his side storm back from two goals down against Udinese.
The former Columbus Crew of America and Manchester City of England dazzler made the most of a good counter attack to help The Foxes half the deficit.
After notching unto a pass from Pereira, Iheanacho held off two defenders before slotting home in the 88th minute, but it was not enough to save his side from losing to the Udine-based Italians.
Iheanacho’s compatriots at Leicester, Ahmed Musa and Wilfred Onyinyen Ndidi were also both introduced on the hour mark to get some minutes of action, but their combined zeal and efforts could not eke out any goal for a face-saving draw at least.
On the other hand, Odey got his first goal of the season and helped his side defeat their local rivals in the Zurich derby.
The 20-year-old former Mountain of Fire & Miracles Ministry (MFM) FC of Lagos attacker, who missed his side’s first game of the season, justified his inclusion in the starting line-up with a well-taken goal.
With the first half failing to produce any goal, FC Zurich went ahead two minutes into the second half when Adrian Winter reacted quickest to Toni Damgjoni’s killer pass to put the visitors ahead.
With an hour gone in the match, Odey was alert to double his team’s lead, as he slammed home a rebound from the right-hand post to put the icing on the cake and helped Zurich to stay unbeaten after two rounds of matches.
It is also a morale booster for Odey, as he hopes to be a regular with the club this term, as he was reduced to just three league starts last season.