Dressing room party for Iheanacho after first hat-trick
London - Teenage sensation Kelechi Iheanacho got a surprise dressing
room reception from his teammates after he bagged his first hat-trick for
Manchester City in a FA Cup fourth round tie against Aston Villa.
City won the game 4-0 with Raheem Sterling adding to the
Nigerian’s three goals.
The Super Eagles player, who have scored five goals for
Manchester City prior to Saturday’s fixture, has now taken his tally to eight
in all competition, with just five starts.
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On Saturday, Iheanacho, the boy from the Nigerian oilfields
who wore 72 on his back, grabbed the limelight with a hat-trick that featured
by turns, power, strength and an immense coolness in front of goal. When he
returned to the dressing room, his team-mates lined up and sang his name, to
the amazement of the lad.
But Iheanacho will not be carried away by that, he is
already looking ahead to bigger challenges and achievements.
"I am very happy, proud and grateful to score the first
hat-trick for City, and the first of my career.
"It's a great day in my life, but it's not the greatest
day of my life because I need to keep working hard. This is the starting point
of my career so I need to keep going," he was quoted as saying by AFP.
Manchester City take on struggling Sunderland on Tuesday,
and it remain to be seen if manager Manuel Pellegrini will start Iheanacho.
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