Super Eagles star Kelechi Iheanacho is delighted to have provided an assist and scored deep into stoppage time for Leicester City, who came from a goal down to beat Everton 2-1 in a pulsating Premier League game on Sunday, Sports Extra reports.
The goal was Iheanacho’s third this season in three appearances. He has two goals in the Carabao Cup.
The win helped the Foxes close the gap on leaders Liverpool at the top of the Premier League.
The goal was Iheanacho’s first in the EPL in 15 months. He last scored for the Foxes in their 2-1 win over Huddersfield Town in September 22, 2018.
Reacting to his performance, the former Manchester City forward said, “I’ve been waiting for this opportunity. “I knew one day it’s going to come,” Iheanacho told Skysports after the game. I’m happy today to get the goal and assisting Jamie.
“You can call me Mr. VAR (Iheanacho scored the first goal awarded by VAR in England in his side’s third-round replay against Fleetwood Town in the FA Cup in 2018) – I knew it was a goal. I was onside. Happy that VAR gave me it.”
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy also praised Iheanacho for his instant impact on the game.
Iheanacho came on for Ayoze Perez in the 62nd minute and provided an assist for Vardy’s leveller.
“We were having a few chances but they were coming from a bit further out. Kelechi caused a few more problems for the defenders, he got us into space and he got the winner which he deserves. He thoroughly deserves this,” Vardy said on Iheanacho’s influence.
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers also added that he was pleased to see Iheanacho score his first of the season.
“I’m happy for him (Iheanacho) and the other guys because they don’t play as much. I’m so, so pleased.”
“It was a great finish from Iheanacho. He has not played enough games this season but he took his strike well,” Former England international, Paul Scholes said.