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.
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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
"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.For
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