Super Eagles’ Manchester City forward, Kelechi Iheanacho, has revealed that he will do everything within his power to help Nigeria qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
20-year old Iheanacho, who was voted the CAF 2013 Youth Player of the Year and scored his first competitive international goal in the 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Tanzania, was speaking to Cafonline ahead of Nigeria’s clash with Zambia.
In his words, he said: “It’s unfortunate we missed out on the 2017 AFCON but we are not out of everything.”
“We have all put that behind us and our focus is on the next games. We have to take that as a lesson and come back stronger to qualify for the World Cup. I will also work hard for my country as an individual; and we are going to put in all hard work collectively as a team.
“The Zambia match an away game for us and is going to be a difficult one. “We have great players that will make the difference against Zambia. We have to overcome Zambia first before we can talk about Cameroon andAlgeria. However, it’s not going to be easy and nobody knows what’s going to happen. We will keep fighting as a team to get to the World Cup.”
On the impact of his new Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, he was full of praises for the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich man.
He said: “Everyone knows what Guardiola can offer, and I’m happy he came to Manchester City.”
“He’s a great coach with great qualities. Guardiola is a great manager everybody knows and I’m happy to be part of his team. I’m really improving under him and I hope to work more anytime I get the chance to play.” he further added.
On what playing at the 2018 World Cup will mean to him, Iheanacho stated that: “To play in the FIFA World Cup will be a dream come true for me and is going to help my career as a player too.”