By Abiodun Adewale.
With 14 days to the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Super Eagles forward, Kelechi Iheanacho who is likely to be one of many debutants at the Mundial isn’t looking at the attractive financial benefits of representing Nigeria as a motivation.
Like he did in 2013 with the U-17 national team in the United Arab Emirates, Iheanacho would be looking forward to seeking glory for the country and also stamp his feet in global one more time.
While the team is stepping up its preparation for the global showpiece, the Nigeria Football Federation, had signed a landmark agreement with the team on FIFA World Cup fund as far back as November 2017. According to the NFF website, the process is now on to credit the accounts of players with what is due to them, more than two weeks before their first match against Croatia in Kaliningrad.
Iheanacho and co might be smiling to the bank even before kicking a ball in Russia but the Leicester City man thinks it’s more about the money.
“The most important thing about the world cup is not the money. But I must admit the fact that the money is there and it gives us extra energy and motivation for the preparations,” Iheanacho told the nff.com.
Iheanacho played part in the Eagles qualification and is currently in London with the team as they will tune up preparations with a high profile friendly game against England at the Wembley stadium on Saturday.
Like few other teammates, Iheanacho plies his trade in the English top flight with Leicester City and he believes the familiarity of players from both countries will set the tone for a delightful ninety minutes.
“England players know us and we know them. It’s going to be a good game.” he simply said.