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Iheanacho not feeling the pressure for Nigeria ahead of AFCON 2019

Kelechi Iheanacho does not feel under pressure ahead of Nigeria’s upcoming Africa Cup of Nations campaign.

The Leicester City striker links up with his country ahead of the competition, which is being held in Egypt next month.

Iheanacho returned to Gernot Rohr’s squad having previously been left out , with the manager questioning his professionalism in March.

Former Manchester City striker Iheanacho cost City £25million when he moved to the King Power Stadium two summers ago and has netted just eight times in the Premier League for the Foxes.

That includes a single strike this season, in September’s routine win over Huddersfield Town.

Iheanacho ended the season on a barren run of 24 League games without a goal, so is he feeling the pressure to perform for his country?

He told footballlive.ng: “I am relaxed, just being focused and ready for the task ahead.

“I will be in camp hopefully, to start preparations for AFCON proper.

“I am not under any pressure to deliver.

“I have been scoring goals for the Super Eagles and I want to score more.

“There are drought times for every striker and I  am not an exemption but I  will keep my head up, stay  focused, determined and ready for the task ahead.”

Iheanacho came in for criticism in City’s penultimate match of the season when he spurned a golden opportunity to level matters at 1-0 down.

Hamza Choudhury split the champions’ defence but the striker shanked his effort wide against his old side.

“My critics always spur me to do more, I have nothing to say about that,” Iheanacho added.

“I just want to stay  focused on my set goals and be professional to the core.

“People have opinions about me but my opinion should be supreme.

“My opinion about myself is that, I  believe I can and I hope to score goals for the Super Eagles.”

 

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