Abuja - Kelechi Iheanacho, the scorer of four goals in Nigeria's 6-1 defeat of Mexico on Saturday in the UAE, says he is not new to scoring four goals in a match.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Iheanacho’s goals were in the Golden Eaglets’ opening Group F match at Al Ain City in the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
Iheanacho told fifa.com his feat was not the first time he was scoring four goals in a match.
He however said the goals he scored in Saturday's match marked the first time he would score that number of goals in an international match.
"I’ve scored four goals in a game many times, but only in the streets with my friends,” the Pan African News Agency (PANA) quotes the player as telling the official website of tournament organisers, FIFA.
"But (it has) never (been) in an international match, never for my country. The feeling is amazing''.
Iheanacho said he was particularly ``over the top with joy’’ when his first goal went in, making him to celebrate with a dance step inspired by popular wrestler ``American Dragon’’.
While the Golden Eaglets are now favourites for a fourth title, the striker said the team must play its remaining matches with determination.
"Sure, it’s a big win in our first game,’’ he said. "We have to have courage now and determination to keep going, to go all the way."
Nigeria's next group game will be against Sweden on Tuesday, while their last group tie will be against Iraq three days later.
Nigeria currently top their group with three points from one match, with Sweden who were 4-1 winners over Iraq on Saturday behind them in second place.