Nigeria’s youth team coach, Manu Garba, who nurtured Kelechi Iheanacho to stardom during the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup, has charged the Nigeria Football Federation and Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr to help the embattled striker overcome his challenges.
The coach, who spoke at the Glasshouse Headquarters of the NFF to, said this in the wake of the difficulty the Nigerian star has faced under Manchester City Coach, Pep Guardiola.
“In the first place, everyone was impressed when he went to Man City. When he got there he scored some goals under Pelegrini but when Guardiola came, he was no longer having enough playing time. For a player, it’s all about playing time. Not playing affects a player’s psyche,” said Garba.
The FIFA U-17 World Cup-winning coach also charged the NFF to rise up and get behind Kelechi Iheanacho.
“The Nigerian Football Federation can still call and talk to him, so that he can forget all the trouble he has gone through and focus, because he is one of the players that can help the country now and in the future.
Manu Garba was the coach that brought Iheanacho to limelight at 2013 FIFA U17 World Cup in the UAE
Manu Garba was the coach that brought Iheanacho to limelight at 2013 FIFA U17 World Cup in the UAE
“Everyone knows Iheanacho’s potential. He is one player the national team can’t afford to miss. The upcoming friendly will help bring back his confidence. He is a player that will always score a goal out of every 3 chances he gets.
“I believe Gernot Rohr also needs to talk to him and help him get back the confidence to help us qualify for AFCON and World Cup,” reasoned Garba.
The coach however thinks that a move away from the Etihad will do Iheanacho a lot of good.
“A movement elsewhere can bring him back to his best. He is one player that has goals-scoring instinct. He has wasted a lot of opportunity staying there without playing time,” Garba added.

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