Kelechi Iheanacho was not used by Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr for the two recent matches against Libya in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
The Leicester City striker did not get any minutes on the pitch because Odion Ighalo was in form and not as a result of fitness concerns, a Super Eagles insider has informed AllNigeriaSoccer.
”You hardly change a winning team, somehow Ighalo had one of his best games for Nigeria against the Libyans, he scored a hat-trick and almost scored a hat-trick in Tunisia, but he got two goals, ” the top source told AllNigeriaSoccer.
”It's not that Iheanacho is having an injury, he was not played for tactical reasons. Ighalo performed extraordinarily.
”He scored ten minutes to go, what if he was replaced by Iheanacho? Sometimes the coach takes decisions and it clicks for him and people will start hailing him.
”The coach knows his players and knows when to make substitutions as and when due. He got the results everyone is looking for.”
Iheanacho played in the AFCON qualifiers against South Africa and Seychelles but was substituted in both games.
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