Super Eagles of Nigeria star Kelechi Iheanacho has become the 3rd Nigerian footballer in English Premier League history to score on his birthday, after netting a goal in Leicester City football club's 2-2 away draw against Patrick Vieira led Crystal Palace football club on Sunday afternoon.
The Nigerian international has been finding it so hard to break into Brendan Rodgers led team first eleven since the beginning of the 2021/2022 English Premier League season, and he has made all his English Premier League appearances this season from the bench.
The Nigerian played 19th minutes in Leicester City's first game against Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, and he played 10 minutes against West Ham United FC. The Nigerian international managed 24 minutes of action against Norwich City FC, he played 18th minutes against Manchester City FC, 16th minutes against Brighton and Hove Albion FC, and 29 minutes against Burnley FC before being given a starting role against Crystal Palace FC on Sunday.
The Nigerian international is celebrating his 25th birthday today (the 3rd of October), and coach Brendan Rodgers decided to give him a birthday gift by starting him against Crystal Palace FC and he was able to mark it with a fine goal.
The Nigerian international opened scoring for the home team in the 31st minutes and Jamie Vardy doubled the lead in the 38th minutes and substitute Nigerian star Michael Olise scored a goal for the host in the 61st minutes before Jeffrey Schlupp equalized for the home team in the 72nd minutes to end the match 2-2.
With Kelechi Iheanacho's goal on his birthday, it means he has become the 3rd Nigerian player in history to score on his birthday.
"Kelechi Iheanacho is the third Nigerian in Premier League history to score on his birthday, after Jay-Jay Okocha (Bolton) in 2004 and Obafemi Martins (Newcastle) in 2008."
"⚽ Kelechi Iheanacho has scored on his 25th birthday and has now scored more English Premier League goals versus Crystal Palace than against any other opponent;
4 against Crystal Palace
3 against Sheffield United FC
3 against Southampton FC
3 v West Ham United FC."
The Nigerian star will now be looking forward to continuing his impressive performance for the Foxes after the international break is over.
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