By Johnny Edward:
Former Golden Eaglets and Flying Eagles coach Emmanuel Amuneke has warned that Kelechi Iheanacho risks losing his national team place if the Super Eagles forward remains inactive at Manchester City, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Iheanacho struggled to get game time at Manchester City last season with manager Pep Guadiola preferring Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus to the Nigerian international.
The 21-year-old scored seven goals in 29 appearances in all competitions for Manchester City, who finished third in the Premier League.
“If he is deemed surplus to the club’s requirements I think he should move to stay competitive for the Super Eagles and keep his place,” former African Footballer of the Year Amuneke told Completesportnigeria.com.
“His career could step up once again if he moves.”
Ex-Super Eagles star Amuneke worked with Iheanacho at the Nigeria U-17 level as the Golden Eagles won the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2013 and the ex-international still has confidence in his 21-year-old former prodigy, in spite of Iheanacho’s disappointing performance in Nigeria’s shock 2-0 defeat to South Africa in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on 10 June.
Ameneke added: “Kelechi will succeed if the team plays as a unit. It’s not just about him alone. It’s a team game and he will if he is supported.”
Iheanacho has scored seven goals in his last 10 games for the Super Eagles.