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Iheanacho © Shengolpix

Iheanacho could play in Brazil



The best player at the 2013 Fifa Under-17 World Cup, Kelechi Iheanacho could be the shock inclusion in the Nigeria squad for the 2014 Fifa World Cup finals in Brazil.

Iheanacho is currently in Abuja training with the Nigeria squad preparing for the 2014 African Nations Championship (Chan) in South Africa.

Former African Footballer of the Year, Emmanuel Amuneke, a member of the coaching crew of the Golden Eaglets, had exclusively told supersport.com in November that members of the Nigerian squad that won the Under-17 World Cup title in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are not yet matured enough to play for the senior side but Keshi has other ideas.

The Super Eagles trainer named Iheanacho and two of his teammates from the victorious Nigeria Under-17 squad, Dele Alampasu and Taiwo Awoniyi in his 30-man squad for the Chan and insists they have a chance of making the squad to Brazil.

“Everything depends on them. If they can prove themselves and show that they can cut it at this level, then we will take it up from there,” Keshi told supersport.com.

The Chan is a competition for players who exclusively ply their trade domestically and Keshi says his sights will be on talent who can force their way into the squad that will represent Nigeria in Brazil next year.

“The Chan is a good opportunity for the home-based players to exhibit themselves before the World Cup.

“It will boost their confidence so we will see what happens,” he said.

Nigeria have been drawn in Group A of the Chan alongside South Africa, Mali and Mozambique. The Super Eagles will open their campaign against Mali on January 11 in Cape Town.



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