Lagos - Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has dashed the hope
of Golden Eaglets hero Kelechi Iheanacho playing at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in
Iheanacho emerged the Most Valuable Player at the concluded
FIFA U17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in November, scoring six goals.
That feat has left millions of football loving Nigerians to
call for his inclusion in the Super Eagles team to the World Cup, but that is
not in the plans of Keshi right now.
“Iheanacho is a fantastic player that will have to grow
through the ranks before playing for the Super Eagles”, Keshi said on Brila FM.
“He had a good experience at the U17 World Cup, but he needs
to play regularly to help his career”.
“He will play for the Super Eagles, but he has to come
through the ranks (U20 and U23) and as well play competitive football for a
club side. We don’t have to rush him, he has so much to achieve in his career”.
The family of Iheanacho has reportedly agreed that the
player should play for English side Manchester City, but the club has not made
any official statement to that effect.