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Nigeria manager provides update on Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho

Kelechi Iheanacho

The striker scored both of his country’s goals during their home World Cup qualifier against Liberia but will not be travelling to Cape Verde for their next match

Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr has confirmed that Kelechi Iheanacho will miss his country’s next World Cup qualifier in Cape Verde.

The 24-year-old striker scored both of the goals in their 2-0 win over Liberia yesterday but will miss their next qualifier away from home against Cape Verde because the island nation is on the United Kingdom’s red list.

While not specifically mentioned by Rohr during his post-match press conference, it is also presumed that his City teammate Wilfred Ndidi is one of the ‘nine players leaving’ that the German coach refers to.

Speaking to the assembled media after the match, the long-serving Nigeria manager was quizzed about his plans for being without the Super Eagles’ UK-based contingent.

“There are nine players leaving,” he confirmed (via All Nigeria Soccer). “It’s all the team, so there will be another team; it’s not easy to build another team in only two days and to play on a synthetic pitch.

“It’s the other side of the extreme situation we are coming from a heavy grass after the rain to a dry synthetic pitch.

“We have to build another defence, another midfield. The goalscorer Kelechi will leave, so it will not be easy. It’s a challenge for the staff and for the players, but we have to show our solidarity.