Kelechi Iheanacho, Nigeria’s prodigious youth football star, who won the Golden Ball at 2013 FIFA U-16 World cup, may have seen the ‘golden future.’ He’s so sure that someday he will become the world best.
Watching the Ballon D’Or yesterday evening, he could see himself in Cristiano Ronaldo, who won the FIFA Player of the year award for the 3rd time, and Iheanacho was burning inside
“I can identify with Ronaldo’s story. Right when I was younger, maybe age 10, 11 or so. I began to see these things replay severally in my mind - as I walk up the aisle and mount the podium at the Ballon D’Or to receive FIFA World footballer of the year award.”
“I know like I am so sure that this dream will come to pass. This is where I set my gaze! It has been my motivating factor to work really hard and to go the extra mile to make my own miracles.” Iheanacho explained.
The young lad impressed at Manchester City tour in 2014, after he scored the last goal of City’s 4 – 1 win at Sporting Park and Manuel Pellegrini, Manchester City Manager, was convinced he has a bright future in the game:
“He demonstrated today what he can do in the future. It depends on the way he takes this profession, but I think he’s a very good talent.” Pellegrini concluded.
At 17 years old, it was difficult to secure a work permit for him in UK, but the management of Manchester city are doing all they can and if everything works out well, Iheanacho may soon join city’s first team – that will be a plus toward his golden dreams.
Meanwhile, he will be joining Nigeria U-20 national team to tackle their hard hitting opponents at the African Youth Championship (AWC) in March this year.
Flying Eagles of Nigeria will face the host Senegal, Congo and Cote d’Ivoire in Group A. While Ghana, South Africa, Mali and Zambia were placed in Group B.
Iheanacho and his teammates, the victorious Golden Eagles that won FIFA U16 World cup in 2013, may have all graduated into the U20 side. Nigerians has great expectations concerning the new Flying Eagles. They hope the boys will continue in their winning spree and to qualify for the World Youth Championship.
Nigeria would Open Group A play against host Senegal on March 8, 2015 at the Leopold Senghor Stadium before Congo and then, Cote d’Ivoire. The semi finalists will represent the continent at the 2015 FIFA U20 World cup in New Zealand.
AYC isn’t the target for Iheanacho, but Nigeria must first earn their ticket to participate in World Youth Championship. There, Iheanancho plans to take the world by storm – watch out for him!