Flying Eagles get replacement for Iheanacho
FLYING Eagles Coach, Manu Garba, has gotten a replacement for ‘injured’ Kelechi Iheanacho for the African U-20 Youth Championship billed for Senegal in March.
The former U-17 handler told The Guardian yesterday that he decided to look elsewhere for a top striker after Manchester City sent words to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), over the fitness level of the player.
He disclosed that he had already set his eyes on some other players who can fit into the position of Iheanacho.
Manu stated that Flying Eagles preparations for the AYC in Senegal are on course, assuring that Nigeria would have a successful outing in the championship.
“I am not really disturbed over Kelechi’s absence because we have quality players in camp, and they are training hard to claim first team shirt,” Garba said.
He further disclosed that the Flying Eagles would be playing some warm up games in Abuja this weekend as part of preparations to put the players in high spirit ahead of the Africa cadet championship.
‘’Kelechi will not be available for the AYC. Man City has sent a message to the NFF that the player will not be fit by March. This information rules him out of the AYC because the championship would have started. Manchester City owns Iheanacho and there is nothing the NFF can do on the issue.
“I am not worried because any foreign-based player coming to the Flying Eagles camp must work hard to claim shirt from the players on ground. I have already gotten replacement for him. The boys in camp are committed to give their best to ensure the Flying Eagles perform well in Senegal. We are also expecting some clubs in Europe to give us information on availability of our player for the AYC,” he said.