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'I'm happy to sit on the bench. My hardwork in training is paying off – Kelechi Iheanacho says

Super Eagles of Nigeria and Leicester City FC of England striker Kelechi Iheanacho has come out to make a shocking admission that he isn’t perturbed about sitting in the bench for his club side while also  crediting his recent marvels for his club side on his hardwork during training.


Iheanacho, who over the weekend scored his first EPL goal in 15 months, after coming on as a substitute and scoring at the last minute during Leicester’s 2-1 win over Everton. 


Ihenacho who has been dropped recently by Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr and last scored for the Foxes in their 2-1 win over Huddersfield Town in September 22, 2018 before scoring last weekend against Everton, has said his training regime is responsible for his new found form.


Speaking to the club’s website, Iheanacho, 23, said, “It was a great moment, (it was) my first game of the season and first goal, so I’m really buzzing – I’m happy.

“It all came from the hard work in training, I’ve been working hard and keeping my head up and waiting for the opportunity to come. I’m happy it came, and I took it.


Iheanacho due to limited opportunities has been linked with moves to other clubs in January but the Owerri born player says he doesn’t mind sitting on the bench and being an understudy to Jamie Vardy as his time will come .

”’He (Vardy) is a top lad and a top striker in the world, everyone knows,’ Iheanacho said as monitored by

‘I am playing with him in training and watching him which inspires me as well.

‘I will keep going. We can play as two strikers or we can play one striker as well.

‘It depends on how the manager wants to play and set up the squad and everyone is important. We need everyone.

‘Being, maybe you can call it, a back-up striker or support striker to them is something I am happy to be.

‘Of course I could get my chance, it depends on what the manager wants to do.

‘I am happy here (at Leicester City), everyone is happy.

‘The manager is a top manager who is friendly to everyone.

‘I don’t see the reason why anyone could want to leave. I think he gives everyone chances, there are a lot of games coming up.

‘I believe in myself if I get the chance. It happens in football, sometimes you can face trying times or sometimes you can play.

‘It is a time I have to face in my life and just have to keep going. I just have to keep my confidence and be strong.’


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