Super Eagles Handler Augustine Eguavoen Reveals Why Leicester City Star Iheanacho Has Been Struggling

Super Eagles Handler Augustine Eguavoen Reveals Why Leicester City Star Iheanacho Has Been Struggling

Babajide Orevba
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:50 PM
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  • Kelechi Iheanacho has not been so spectacular in recent times and he is billed to be part of the Super Eagles to AFCON
  • Super Eagles interim coach Augustine Eguavoen has stated that the player must play in a position if he wants to progress
  • Iheanacho plays as a front man for Leicester City or as a supporting striker, while he starts as a winger for Nigeria

Super Eagles handler Augustine Eguavoen has disclosed that Nigerian forward Kelechi Iheanacho is struggling because he plays in different positions for club and country, Soccernet reports.

Iheanacho who plays as a centre forward or supporting striker plays more from the right wing in the national team.

The striker is expected to have grown into a world-beater considering his performance for the Golden Eaglets at the 2013 FIFA U17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

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Kelechi Iheanacho expected to be part of the Super Eagles to AFCON. Photo: Plumb Images
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He is currently at Leicester City having joined the Foxes from Manchester City back in 2017, but he has had some key moments at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers prefers to play the Nigerian up front with another striker as he believes that is the only way to get the best out of him.

But Eguavoen insists that disparity in his roles is affecting his progress. He told Elegbete TV via Daily Post:

“Iheanacho is okay, but the only little problem is in Leicester, he is playing a different position. He comes to Nigeria, he plays in a different position.”
“I think the sooner he settles for one position, I think the better for him.”

Iheanacho is expected to be part of Eguavoen’s Super Eagles squad for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations.

Eguavoen assures good outing for Nigeria at AFCON

Meanwhile, the interim coach of the Super Eagles, Augustine Eguavoen, has disclosed that Nigerians will be happy with the team performance during the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations.

Nigeria are drawn in Group D alongside Pharaohs of Egypt, Guinea-Bissau and Sudan in the preliminary round of the tournament.

Eguavoen who was mandated to step in for sacked Gernot Rohr believes his team will excel at the tournament which starts in Cameroon on January 9.

The Super Eagles who won the competition in 2013 will be gunning for their fourth title at the continental showpiece.

Guinea coach releases 27-man shortlist for AFCON

Sports Brief earlier reported that the coach of the Guinean national football team, Kaba Diawara, has released a 27-man squad list for the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations.

The Syli National are drawn in Group B of the competition alongside African powerhouse Senegal, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

Diawara’s side will be opening their account at the tournament against The Flames of Malawi on January 10 before they take on the Teranga Lions of Senegal four days later.

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Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.