Kelechi Iheanacho wins CNN Goal Award

…Vincent Enyeama ranked Nigeria’s best by FIFA

Kelechi Iheanacho’s wonder strike in the Super Eagles’ 1-0 win against Tanzania in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier has won the CNN Goal of the Week award.

Iheancho unleashed a left-foot strike from outside the 18-yard box which flew past Tanzania keeper Aishi Manula who had an outstanding game.

The win secured second place finish for the Eagles behind Group G winners and sole qualifiers Egypt.

Smashing through a glass ceiling that traditionally has proven so troublesome for young players aiming to make it in the world’s richest league; the 19-year-old scored 14 goals in just 11 starts last season — suggesting he has the mettle to become one of the most clinical finishers in Europe.

 

With key striker Sergio Aguero serving a three-match ban, Iheanacho could start against United Saturday September 10, 2016.

 

“City were a club on the way up,” Iheanacho tells CNN, reflecting on his perception of the club when he joined, shortly after winning the U17 World Cup with Nigeria.

 

“Coming from Nigeria where I was often unable to afford to watch the Premier League, I’m very proud to be playing here. It has been a great experience coming to Manchester.”

“Congratulations to the latest CNN Goal of the Week winner, Kelechi Iheanacho!” CNN Football wrote on their official Twitter handle on Thursday.

 

Vincent Enyeama ranked Nigeria’s best by FIFA

Enyeama, who is the no 1 goalkeeper at French club Lille OSC was rated among the top 20 players in the French Ligue 1 division after an inspired campaign last term where he joined the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Angel di Maria on the French football all-star XI.

Vincent Enyeama in action for Lille

According to the new ratings, former Nigeria skipper Vincent Enyeama is the highest rated Nigerian at 83 and one of two of Nigerian origin to be ranked above 80. The other is Bayern Munich and Austria star David Alaba who is given a rating of 87.

The 34 year old former Enyimba shot-stopper was ranked 11th overall with a score of 83, tying him with eight other players who made the same rating.

He was awarded 78 points in diving, 80 in handling, 77 in kicking, 90 in reflexes, 50 for his speed while he got a rating of 78 for positioning.

It shouldn’t be too long before the likes of Ahmed Musa, Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi are all rated above 80.