English Premier League

PL: Iheanacho nets first ever PL hat-trick, becomes 5th Nigerian scorer

by: Evolve


Week 29 of the English Premier League was all about the impressive match-winning performance of Super Eagles and Leicester star, Kelechi Iheanacho. 

Iheanacho stole the show not just at the King Power but the PL after his historic hat-trick display against relegation candidates, Sheffield United. 

The Super Eagle became the fifth Nigerian to score a hat-trick after he grabbed his first ever in the PL against the Blades on Sunday.  

Seniorman Kelz opened the scoring when he converted the easiest of the three goals off a Jamie Vardy low cross to put the Foxes 1-0 ahead at the break.

That goal was his third in as many PL appearances this season for Leicester,  but this seniorman wasn’t done just yet. 

With that Foxes leading 2-0 after Ayoze Perez doubled their advantage on 64 minutes, Iheanacho made it 3-0 five minutes later, and once again, he had Vardy to thank for the pass. 

He would leave his best for last as he sealed his hat-trick in style, picking up a pass from fellow Nigerian, Wilfried Ndidi,  before letting fly from 25yards a shot that completely fooled Sheffield goalkeeper, Aaron Ramsdale.  

The goals, his fifth in the last three (3) matches, not only took his tally this campaign to six (6) in eight (8) starts, but also mean that he becomes just the fifth Nigerian to ever score a PL hat-trick.

Others are the quartet of Yakubu Aiyegbeni, who scored a hat-trick four times, Efan Ekoku, Nwankwo Kanu, and Peter Odemwingie. 

Speaking after the match, the match ball winner had this to say about his performance; 

“I have been waiting for this day to come,” he said. “I am delighted. I thank everyone at the club, I am really happy for this day.”




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