Nigerian star Iheanacho edges closer to breaking Drogba's goals record after heading Leicester to FA Cup quarterfinals

Nigerian star Iheanacho edges closer to breaking Drogba's goals record after heading Leicester to FA Cup quarterfinals

- Kelechi Iheanacho increased his FA Cup tally to 11 goals after 17 games

- The 24-year-old scored his side's lone goal as Leicester defeated Brighton 1-0 at King Power Stadium

- The Super Eagles forward will now be hoping to break Drogba's goals record in his next appearance in the tourney

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Nigerian forward Kelechi was the hero for Leicester City in their 1-0 FA Cup fifth-round triumph over Brighton and Hove Albion at the King Power Stadium earlier this week.

The 94th-minute header was all the Foxes needed to advance to the quarterfinal of the longest cup competition in England.

Youri Tielemans provided the assist for the crucial goal after delivering a timely cross that helped the unmarked Super Eagles attacker find the back of the net with a header.

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The former Manchester City star has now scored 11 goals in 17 appearances in the history of the tournament.

Nigerian star Iheanacho edges closer to breaking Drogba's goals record after heading Leicester to FA Cup quarterfinals

Nigerian star Kelechi Iheanacho heading Leicester City to victory over Brighton in the 5th round of their FA Cup clash. Photo by MIKE EGERTON/POOL/AFP
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And this means that he has beaten the records legendary players like John Terry, Dennis Bergkamp, Michael Owen, and Sylvain Wiltord set during their playing days.

However, his next target would be to equal or even surpass Didier Drogba's 12 goals in 29 games in the same championship for Chelsea. Alan Shearer also has the same number of goals.

Meanwhile, with Leicester in the quarterfinal stage of the competition, Iheanacho could end up achieving the feat by his side's next game - with a fewer number of games.

Ian Rush remains the highest goals scorer with 39 goals from 64 games, followed by Chelsea legend Frank Lampard who had 27 goals after 66 encounters.

Wayne Rooney, Sergio Aguero and Germain Defoe complete the top five FA Cup top scorers table with 23, 20 and 19 goals respectively.

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And while Ian Rush's record might prove difficult for Iheanacho to break, a little more consistency in front of goal could see him leapfrog players like Rooney and Aguero, in the nearest future.

So far this campaign, the former youth international has scored five times and assisted four other goals in 22 games in all competitions for Brendan Rodgers' side, while they are also contending for the Premier League title.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Super Eagles goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, was instrumental in Nigeria winning the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations title in South Africa.

The West African country were never favourites to win the silverware heading into the tournament but they grew into the championship after every game.

Recalled that the Stephen Keshi-led team started their campaign with back to back draws against Burkina Faso and Zambia and these results gave so many people concerns about the side.

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Oluwatomiwa is a sports editor with Legit.ng. He has over eight years of field and office experience in the media industry.

He graduated from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism in 2014 with HND in Mass Communication.

Connect with him on Twitter @TomiwaBabalola.

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