Super Eagles gaffer, Stephen Keshi has on Monday morning ruled out any world cup plans for teenage sensation Kelechi Iheanacho, stating that the player is still very young and needs to get involved in a proper team set up with a club.
Iheanacho was adjudged the most valuable player of the 2013 edition of the FIFA U17 World cup in the UAE helping Nigeria in the process to win the tournament to become the most successful country in the history of the competition.
“It’s not done; Iheanacho is a good player and he just finished with the U17 but he needs to be in a team for him to player regularly and gain league experience”
“His performance at the U17 level is not a guarantee that he will be picked at the senior level, it just doesn’t work like that” Keshi exclusively told BrilaFm.net
In a swift reaction, the midfielder’s father, James Iheanacho says his son can surprise the world if included, despite his young age and inexperience.
“I believe that if he moves to the senior team, he will surprise the world; they might say he is still young but playing football is in his blood”
With many top European clubs hot on the heels of the player, a move abroad is on the cards for the young star player.