- Kelechi Iheanacho is becoming famous for his seemingly new nickname ‘Senior man Kelz’
- The 24-year-old Leicester City striker joined his team-mates in camp ahead of the AFCON qualifiers
- Iheanacho was seen donning a customised face mask as ‘Senior man Kelz’ was crested on the piece
Kelechi who is becoming famous for his ‘Senior man Kelz’ nickname arrived Lagos three days after firing Leicester City into the semi-final of the English FA Cup.
The Super Eagles will take on the Squirrels of Benin on Saturday, March 27, before playing host to Lesotho on March 30 at the Teslim Balogun.
All invited players have stormed the Eko Hotel camp of the team including Kelechi Iheanacho who returned to Nigeria days after helping Leicester City defeat Manchester United 3-1 in the FA Cup.
Super Eagles camp comes alive as Premier League hat-trick hero arrives Lagos ahead of AFCON qualifiers
He equaled Cristiano Ronaldo's 13 goals FA Cup record after netting twice against the Red Devils helping the Foxes reach the semi-final of the competition.
He achieved the feat with lesser games - 13 goals in 18 games, compared to Ronaldo's reaching the same number after 26 matches. Scholes needed 47 appearances to match-up to the tally.
Recall that the 24-year-old also grabbed his first Premier League hat-trick on Sunday, March 14, helping Leicester City defeat Sheffield United 5-0.
He is Nigeria’s fifth player to score, at least, three goals in a Premier League game emulating the likes of Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Kanu Nwankwo, Osaze Odemwingie and Efan Ikoku.
After scoring five goals in his last two games at club level, fans have tipped the Leicester City star to wreck Benin in Porto Novo and then sink Lesotho in Lagos.
He was spotted with a customized ‘Senior man Kelz’ face mask at the Eko Hotel in line with COVID-19 protocols.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that former Super Eagles defender and coach, Christian Chukwu, has urged Gernot Rohr to pick the right set of players for their AFCON qualifying fixture against Benin.
In a chat with Guardian, the 1980 AFCON winner stated that Rohr has the players to beat and pick the maximum points against the Squirrels of Benin.
And Rohr has also warned his players to expect a tough Benin side despite his men currently sit atop of the Group L table with eight points from four matches - just one point better than their next foe.
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