Red Hot Iheanacho Climbs in Super Eagles All-time Scorers’ List


Kelechi Iheanacho was on a three game scoring streak at Leicester City before the international break, but the Forward doesn’t look like slowing down soon, and he proved it against Saudi Arabia at the Estádio Municipal de Portimão, on Friday.

Iheanacho did not start for Nigeria, with Jose Peseiro opting for a two-man attack of Victor Osimhen and Victor Boniface.


Ademola Lookman and Samuel Chukwueze played on the flanks, but their combo did not produce the desired final product despite Nigeria’s seeming advantage against Roberto Mancini’s Green Falcons.

In the second half though, the game sprung to life and it was the Saudis who drew first blood from Salman Al-Faraj’s cross which was palmed into the net by Francis Uzoho (60′).

Nigeria scored their equalizer through a Saudi own goal ( Abdulelah Al-Amri) in the 73rs minute, though the build up play from Moses Simon and Bruno Onyemeachi ended up with Boniface firing an attempt.

Iheanacho (81′) then got on the score sheet, salvaging an opportunity that was almost lost, with a brilliant curled shot from the edge of the box.

He beat the Saudi goalkeeper nicely for his fourth consecutive goal for club and country.

It also marked his 14th senior international goal for Nigeria, tying Julius Aghahowa and Austin Jay-Jay Okocha for the same number of goals scored for the Super Eagles.


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