Kelechi Iheanacho Saved Nigeria

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One of the finest strike of 21st century from Iheanacho , it had been said, but, yesterday night, in far-away France, it needed to be said again and Manchester City young starlet Kelechi Iheanacho made all the difference for Nigeria in an international friendly against Mali.The starlet’s 77th minute smasher, moments after he came on for Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi, was all Super Eagles needed to avoid another score-less evening against Mali. Fellow substitute Michael Babatunde released Iheanacho for the youngster to deliver a cool finish, after a flurry of changes added some verve to a drab evening.

The Former assistant coach brought on Babatunde, Umar Aminu and Brown Ideye in place of Moses Simon, Oghenekaro Etebo and Ighalo, before he added Ikeanacho in the mix. Both West African teams cancelled themselves out by the halfway mark in Rouen, France. Nigeria lined up a very young starting XI that include Arsenal youngster Alex Iwobi and debutant Musa Mohammed. The game started at a slow pace under a nice weather before a scanty crowd.There was not much to choose between the two teams in a half that offered very little. Debut boy Musa came close to opening scores for Nigeria with Watford striker Odion Ighalo also threatening the Mali goal. The Eagles of Mali also came close to getting on the scoreboard towards the end of the first period. Nigeria will play a second friendly on Tuesday against Luxembourg in Luxembourg City. Please like, share and follow!