Super Eagles forward Kelechi Iheanacho is confident he’ll replicate his goal-scoring heroics against Liberia when both sides square up in a FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifier in Morocco later today.
The Leicester City forward scored both goals as Nigeria dispatched the Lone Star in the reverse fixture and is positive the goals will flow once again going by what the team has been doing in training ahead of the fixture.
Nigeria lead the group with nine points, two more than second-placed Cape Verde, but the Eagles have not exactly been lethal in front of goal, scoring just six goals in four games.
It is a situation Iheanacho believes will change starting with the game against Liberia.
“Hopefully [the goals] will come. Obviously, we’re doing a lot of shooting here, because we want to shoot from far sometimes, we want to get some shots on target, and have a chance to score– if you don’t shoot, you don’t score. We’re preparing really hard, so hopefully, we get the chance to shoot and get the goals that we need.”
The former Manchester City forward was also full of praise for the returning Odion Ighalo who is set to play for the Eagles again, two years after initially retiring.
Iheanacho who has 11 goals in 35 caps for Nigeria, believes Ighalo who’s last act in a Nigerian jersey was to score in the 1-0 win against Tunisia in the 2019 AFCON third-place match will make the team even more formidable.
“He’s a top man, he’s a legend, he’s done very well for the national team, so we’re happy to have him back,” Iheanacho said of the former Manchester United striker who has 16 goals in 35 games for the Eagles.
“He’s like a big brother to all of us, so hopefully, he’s part of this squad and he’ll help us to achieve our goals.”