Kelechi Iheanacho’s wonder strike in the Super Eagles’ 1-0 win against Tanzania in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier has won the CNN Goal of the Week award.
“Congratulations to the latest CNN Goal of the Week winner, Kelechi Iheanacho!” CNN Football wrote on their official Twitter handle on Thursday.
Iheancho unleashed a left-foot strike from outside the 18-yard box which flew past Tanzania keeper Aishi Manula who had an outstanding game.
The win secured second place finish for the Eagles behind Group G winners and sole qualifiers Egypt.
The Nigerian had the best minutes- per-goal ratio in the entire Premier League last season, scoring on average every 93.8 minutes.
Smashing through a glass ceiling that traditionally has proven so troublesome for young players aiming to make it in the world’s richest league, the 19-year-old scored 14 goals in just 11 starts last season — suggesting he has the mettle to become one of the most clinical finishers in Europe.
With key striker Sergio Aguero serving a three-match ban, Iheanacho could start against United Saturday.
“City were a club on the way up,” Iheanacho tells CNN, reflecting on his perception of the club when he joined, shortly after winning the U17 World Cup with Nigeria.
“Coming from Nigeria where I was often unable to afford to watch the Premier League, I’m very proud to be playing here. It has been a great experience coming to Manchester.”