Monday, December 16, 2013

Keshi Okays Iheanacho's Trip to England to Seal Man City Deal

Keshi Okays Iheanacho's Trip to England to Seal Man City Deal
Golden Eaglets’ forward, Kelechi Iheanacho, got one step closer to joining the English Premier League giants, Manchester City, as the Head Coach Stephen Keshi released him from the Super Eagles camp in Abuja on December 16, 2013, Monday.
Ben Alaiya, the Eagles Media officer, confirmed this in statement, adding that Iheanacho’s departure from Abuja was on the heels of the request made by his father.
Alaiya said that Keshi had to sanction the departure of the player after his father, James Iheanacho, made a personal call to him requesting the release of his son for the trip to England.
“Initially a young man came declaring that he was the agent of Iheanacho, but I declined to deal with him until I hear from the family because the boy is still a minor,” Keshi said.
“It was soon after my rejection that I got a call from his father who told me that they have gotten travelling visa to the United Kingdom and that I should oblige him with his son’s release. I did and told the young man to go and do the nation proud at whichever club he finally chooses to settle down with”.
The Media officer added that Keshi acknowledged Iheanacho’s talent, but also cautioned that the player should be handled gently and professionally as he navigates his professional career.
The national team also cancelled its second Monday training session after it appeared that the close to three hours morning training session may have taken its toll on the players.
“We have to be cautious not to push the players too hard so that nobody will break down”, Keshi said.
It would be recalled that Iheanacho has been named as the Most Valuable Player at the recent FIFA U17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, where the Golden Eaglets showed great performance and won the title. 
Source: Premium Times

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