- Kelechi Iheanacho seems to be in the form of his life ahead of Benin and Lesotho showdown
- The Super Eagles of Nigeria will engage themselves in the final lap of AFCON 2021 qualifiers
- Leicester City’s Iheanacho put up a stand out performance during their training in camp
The Squirrels of Benin will need to watch out for Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho who put up impressive displays in Super Eagles training on Thursday, March 25.
Iheanacho who scored a brace against Manchester United in the FA Cup and a hat-trick against Sheffield United last weekend replicated such form in their training session at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.
His Leicester City teammate Wilfred Ndidi is also one of the top performers in training along with Villarreal’s winger Samuel Chukwueze.
The Super Eagles are expected to depart for Cotonou on Friday morning.
The three-time African champions will take on Benin Republic at the Stade Charles de Gaulle, Porto-Novo on Saturday.
The mood in the Super Eagles camp changed drastically since the arrival of Leicester City hero Kelechi Iheanacho who joined his team-mate on Tuesday afternoon, March 23.
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 Stadium.
And the governor of Lagos State Babajide Sanwo-Olu welcomed Super Eagles players, as well as the Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick to the Lagos House, Marina on Wednesday night, March 24.
With barely three days to the showdown in Benin Republic, the Chief Press Secretary to the Lagos state governor Gboyega Akosile disclosed that Governor Sanwo-Olu welcomed the team to the State House in Marina.
Footage showed NFF president Pinnick introducing the players and technical crew to the governor and other dignitaries.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that ahead of the AFCON qualifying showdown against the Super Eagles of Nigeria, Squirrels of Benin coach Michel Dussuyer has stated that his side will go all out for the maximum points.
Nigeria currently sits atop of the Group L table with eight points from four matches - just one point better than their next foe ahead of the game.
Dussuyer stated that his side have respect for Nigeria but we also have their assets, adding that they will approach the game with a lot of seriousness and determination.
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