Gernot Rohr, the head coach of the Nigerian Super Eagles, has blamed Kelechi Iheancho’s inability to maintain his goal-scoring form with the team on the terrible state of the country’s fields.
Apart from a double against Liberia in September, Iheanacho has struggled in his Super Eagles outings, most recently in a pair of meetings against the Central African Republic in a 2022 World Cup qualifier last month.
The German strategist, however, revealed in an interview Elegbete TV that the Nigerian international makes more vital passes than he scores goals.
“We use Kelechi like he is used in Leicester, like a second striker. He is playing with Jamie Vardy, but he is not starting so much, actually, yeah.”
“He is coming in but not playing all the time. But we try to give him the same opportunity like what he is used to with his club. That’s what we try all the time with the players.
“We had Osimhen, not Vardy, and Kelechi was the second striker, coming sometimes from behind, taking the ball, giving decisive passes like he is doing in his club more and more. He even gives more decisive passes than he scores goals, actually.”