CAN MANCHESTER CITY PRODIGY MAKES HISTORIC DEBUT FOR SUPER EAGLES TODAY AGAINST SWAZILAND?
“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson
A very popular saying in Africa is that one that goes thus: “The young shall grow’’
So is case with former Under 17 world’s most valuable player Kelechi Iheanacho, who will be making a historic debut today when Nigeria confronts Swaziland in a world cup 2018 encounter, in what will be his full Nigeria debut as the latest stage of his meteoric development.
The Manchester City young gun was called by Super Eagles Coach, Sunday Oliseh, as a late addition to the squad to face Swaziland in a 2018 World Cup qualifier today
And the Nigeria boss says the youngster, who has broken through into the Blues’ first-team squad this season, could feature if he excels on the training field.
“If he is in better form he will start the game. That’s as far as I’m concerned,” said Oliseh.
“If he proves to be in better form than the other players in his position, he will start the game, I can tell you that.”
Iheanacho is champing at the bit after scoring twice for far for City this season, against Crystal Palace in the Premier League and then again in the Capital one Cup.
Also on spotlight tonight is Seattle Sounders' Obafemi Martins who was recalled by coach Sunday Oliseh to the Nigeria side that will play this month's double World Cup qualifying matches against Swaziland.
The 31-year-old had been out of the Super Eagles since 2013 when he played in a World Cup qualifier under Stephen Keshi. He had talked about retiring from the national side after being ignored by the former coach who he claimed did not like him.
The Sounders striker has been in impressive form this year scoring 15 goals in Major League Soccer (MLS) so far. He made his Nigeria debut more than a decade ago and has 18 goals in 39 appearances.
*Below is the match schedule:
Swaziland vs. Nigeria
Time: (7:00pm Nigerian Time)
Date: Friday, November 13
Venue: Somhlolo National Stadium.