Nigerian football starlet Kelechi Iheanacho set a buzz on social media after he was ignored during his goal celebration by teammates. Only Spainard Jesus Navas appeared to have celebrated with him. This is not the first time Iheanacho is being ignored during his goal celebrations by his team mates.
He was the only shinning light of a Manchester City team that was beaten by Southampton 4-2 in front of their home fans in what was a very bad performance, and he became the scorer of City’s two goals of the match.
This would be the second time such an incidence is occurring. On February 14th during City’s loss to Tottenham, Iheanacho was ignored by his teammates after he had equalized Harry Kane’s second-half penalty. From the goal post he ran towards the corner flag and none of his teammates followed.
He jumped up high and came down, then knelt and pointed both hands to the sky and still none of his teammates had run along to celebrate with him. He then closed his eyes and said a short prayer and till he finished, nobody. He then stood up to meet them. It was surprising since the goal had come at a time they were desperately searching for an equalizer.
Arsenal legend and Sky Sports pundit, Thierry Henry, had reprimanded the unusual behaviour on Sky Sports. Hear him:
“I know you have to go and get the ball back [to ensure a quick restart with the score level at 1-1 at the time] but no one went to celebrate with Iheanacho,”
“That’s something that, I don’t know… you scored a goal, go and celebrate with the guy. ‘Let’s go, get the ball back’. No one went to celebrate with him. He was in the corner there. I think Vincent Kompany went with him and someone else but that’s it. Maybe I’m reading too much between the lines about that Manchester City team, but no one went to celebrate with him, that’s a bit weird.”
Following a repeat of the incidence last Saturday, social media users went on Twitter to console the youngster.
Some people have even compared him to Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford.
Marcus Rashford: – 720 minutes – 7 goals
Kelechi Iheanacho: – 590 minutes – 12 goals pic.twitter.com/WWtyfSrA1d
— Football__Tweet (@Football__Tweet) May 3, 2016
Another wrote: At least Iheanacho celebrates his goals with God and one with God is majority