Kelechi Iheanacho (born 3 October 1996) is an Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Man City.
Iheanacho has the makings of a classy playmaker. He is consistently looking to drop deep and orchestrate play. If Iheanacho can play to the level that his recent performances suggest, then Man City might have found the next African superstar.
Iheanacho has had a frustrating season since joining the Blues, waiting for a work permit, and then getting injured five minutes into his first game in the youth ranks.
After a couple of months on the sidelines, he marked his full debut with a goal in the FA Youth Cup final second leg defeat at Chelsea, and then bagged another as a sub in the under-21s’ International Cup semi-final against Leicester.
Made his competitive debut, replacing Raheem Sterling for the final minute of a 2–0 win against Watford at the City of Manchester Stadium.
Signed a new 2 year contract in August 2016.
Kelechi has represented Nigeria at Under-17, and Under-20s level. Iheanacho won the Golden Ball for tournament’s best player as his homeland won the U17s finals in the UAE this summer. He scored six goals in seven matches – including one in Nigeria’s victory over Mexico in the final and four in one match against the same opposition in the group phase – and also provided seven assists.
U-17 World Cup:2014
U-17 World Cup Golden Ball:2014
Named Africa’s Most Promising Talent for 2016.