Friday Jun 07, 2019. 10:00
Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr has revealed that Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho is lacking confidence ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals.
The 22-year-old forward scored only two goals from 35 games in all competitions for the English Premier League (EPL) side this past season.
Iheanacho has also failed to score in his last 10 matches for Nigeria's Super Eagles, but he has been included in the country's provisional squad for the 2019 AFCON finals.
''Kelechi Iheanacho changed, he's now much more quiet. He's working seriously but he's lacking confidence because he didn't play so much,'' Rohr told the media.
''I went with my assistance Tunde to a game Leicester against Chelsea, I wanted to see him, he didn't even come in.
''I see that he's not happy but we want to make him happy, but we cannot give the players gifts, there's competition," he continued.
''We have a lot of wingers, we also have good center forwards now, we have three, so really we are lucky to have all these good players because the other countries are searching for strikers.''
The last time Iheanacho scored for the Super Eagles was in November 2017 as they secured a 4-2 win over Argentina in a friendly match.