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Kelechi Iheanacho’s dad says he has been vindicated

14 September 2015, 14:42

Lagos - Following Kelechi Iheanacho's first Manchester City goal over the weekend, his father, James, says his decision to allow his son to join the club has been vindicated.

James Iheanacho was heavily criticized in 2013, when he insisted on having his son join the Citizens, rather than Portuguese club, FC Porto, who also showed interest in the then world's best U17 player.

It was widely believed the younger Iheanacho would develop faster in Portugal, and would have a bigger opportunity with the FC Porto first team, as against what he would have at City, given the English club's wealth and penchant to go for the more established players.

But James, Kelechi's dad, stuck to his guns and insisted on Manchester City for his son, a development which earned him some ridicule and was accused of only being interested in City's millions.

Also read: Iheanacho benefiting from training with Man City stars

But two years after, and following his son's debut goal for the former English champions, Iheanacho senior says he has been vindicated.

"I feel vindicated," James Iheanacho told News24, with the apparent feeling of satisfaction in his voice.

"I feel happy that Nigerians have seen that I didn't make the wrong decision in choosing Manchester City, and they have seen his performances.

"A lot of people said so many things when we decided on Manchester City for my son, I believe they have seen it now and I also believe they are happy with him," James Iheanacho said, still reveling in his son's latest achievement.

Despite making a bright start at the club and being highly rated by manager Manuel Pellegrini, he has however been excluded from City's champions league squad, and will not be involved when they return to the continent against Juventus on Tuesday.

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