Manchester City striker also reveals the sad truth behind his own goal celebration
Kelechi Iheanacho has revealed that he paid 12 pence to watch his first Manchester City game … and they sent the place crazy!
The Blues striker had never watched City play until, when he was 15, he stumped up his entrance fee to a venue which screened live Premier League games in his home town of Owerri in Nigeria.
He picked the right moment, as he saw Sergio Aguero’s late winner in the 2011-12 title race, little thinking that four years later he would be playing alongside Kun.
“I saved some money and went to the game centre on the last day of the Premier League season,” he told The Players’ Tribune.
“It was a very big deal, because the title race was so close. I sat there and watched Sergio Aguero score the last-minute goal that won Man City the title — and that took it away from Man United. “On the TV, Sergio took his shirt off and whipped it around, and everybody in the game centre was going crazy.
“That was maybe the first Man City game I ever watched. I had never been to England before.
“I had no idea that in a few years, I would be playing on the same team as Sergio.”
Iheanacho’s own goal celebration is tinged with sadness and regret, as he also revealed.
His mum, a teacher, died while he was away at a football training camp.
When he scored for Nigeria at the Under-17 World Cup – where he first sparked the interest of City, along with Arsenal, Porto and other clubs – he pointed both fingers to the sky in memory of his mum.
By Stuart Brennan and Charlotte Duncker. This report was first published by the Manchester Evening News.