Wellington - Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho has finally arrived in New Zealand ahead of the FIFA U20 World Cup that kicks off this weekend.
Iheanacho suffered injury woes which consequently saw him miss the pre-tournament training tour of Germany, and caused doubt of his availability for the tournament.
All that, though, was finally laid to rest, as Iheanacho, who struck two goals in action for City’s youth squad on Saturday but missed the chance of a dream senior debut against Southampton 24 hours later, even arrived at the group’s venue ahead of the Nigerian delegation.
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Flying Eagles team secretary Aliyu Auwal Ibrahim confirmed that the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup most valuable player became the first member of the squad to land in New Zealand.
Iheanacho landed 24 hours ahead of the squad of 18 players, coaches and officials, which was expected in Auckland on Tuesday afternoon before connecting to their match venue in New Plymouth.
It would be a golden opportunity for Iheanacho to prove his mettle with the U20s, after injury stopped him from being part of their conquest of the African Youth Championship (AYC).
The Flying Eagles will play their first match against Brazil on June 1, before taking on North Korea and Hungary in their other Group E matches.For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.