No Automatic Shirt For Iheanacho —Flying Eagles Coach

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Kelechi Iheanacho: Leaves for talks with Man City.Photo credit MTN Football

Despite his eye-catching display for English Premier League champions Manchester City, Kelechi Iheanacho will not just walk into the starting eleven of Nigeria’s U-20 team, according to coach Manu Garba.

Iheanacho, 17, scored to crown a superb Manchester City debut in a 4-1 pre-season win over Sporting Kansas City in the United States of America on Thursday.

Manu has said the MVP of the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup is good enough to feature for European champions Real Madrid, but at the same time insisted he is not guaranteed a place in his star-studded youth team, when they host Lesotho in another AYC qualifier next month.

“Kelechi does not have an automatic shirt in my team. He has to come and prove himself in training before I can pick him,” Manu told

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“Besides there are equally other talented strikers in my team like Isaac Success, Alhassan Ibrahim ‘Muazam’, Taiwo Awoniyi. So, it will always the best who will make my team.”

True to his word, Manu benched the Manchester City starlet in both legs when the Flying Eagles recently dumped their Tanzanian counterparts in the qualifying series for the 2015 African Youth Championship in Senegal.

He was a 46th minute replacement for ‘Muazam’, when the Flying Eagles trounced Tanzania 4-1 in Kaduna, same as it was two weeks earlier in Dar es Salaam, when the Nigeria U20s won 2-0.

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