Super Eagles stars display quality for Leicester City after inclusion in squad list to face Ghana

Super Eagles stars display quality for Leicester City after inclusion in squad list to face Ghana

Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi, and Ademola Lookman all put in great performances for Leicester City as they brushed aside Leeds United 1-0 on Saturday in the Premier League.

Their strong performances came only a day after interim manager Augustine Eguavoen included their names in the 30-man provisional squad list to take on Ghana on March 25th and March 29th in the third round playoffs of the CAF FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

Leeds United looked a promising side under new manager Jesse Marsch who took over from Marcelo Bielsa, who was sacked from Elland Road last week.

However, the Super Eagles stars worked to ensure that the American's debut in the Premier League ended in a defeat.

Leicester ran out 1-0 victors on Saturday afternoon thanks to a goal by Harvey Barnes, assisted by Kelechi Iheanacho who came in for the last 30 minutes of the game.

Lookman and Iheanacho were subbed in at the same time and both proved to be great additions as the Foxes troubled the Leeds United defence even more than they had prior to both Nigerians' introduction to the game.

Ndidi, meanwhile, had a midfield performance to be proud of as he kept Leeds United at bay, marshalling the area in front of the Foxes' defence until he was subbed off in the 71st minute for African Cup of Nations winner, Nampalys Mendy.

It was an expected win for Leicester as Leeds were in a poor run of form coming into that match. However, the new tactics by American manager Jesse Marsch proved a bit difficult for Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers until the introduction of Iheanacho and Lookman.

Leeds started the game on the front foot until Ndidi took over and marshalled the area in front of the defence for Leicester to keep the Lilywhites at bay.

Rodgers introduced Lookman and Iheanacho into the game in the 61st minute and in the first seven minutes of Senior Man's introduction to the game, he provided a beautiful assist for Harvey Barnes to slot home and give Leicester the lead.

Lookman kept troubling the Leeds defence but he was also very useful in defence for the Foxes as he registered four successful tackles in the game.

Before Ndidi was taken off, he had registered an 87 percent pass accuracy, intercepted two Leeds United moves and made one clearance.

It was an important win for Leicester City, who were looking to pick up the pieces of their crumbling Premier League campaign, and the Super Eagles played a key role in the victory. 

They will join up in the next few weeks with the rest of the Super Eagles squad as Augustine Eguavoen begins preparations to face Ghana in order to secure a spot at the upcoming FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Ademola Lookman will be making his first appearance for the Super Eagles after switching his nationality from England earlier in the year. Lookman along with Iheanacho, will be playing alongside Sadiq Umar, Odion Ighalo, Ahmed Musa and a few others in attack.

Meanwhile, Ndidi is expected to partner Glasgow Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo once again in the middle of the park for the Super Eagles to great effect against Ghana on 25th and 29th of March.

Stoke City midfielder on loan at Watford, Oghenekaro Etebo, is also back in the squad and Nigerian fans could be seeing the old midfield partnership between Ndidi and Etebo revived against the Black Stars.

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