FA Cup: Iheanacho Makes VAR History, Hits Leicester Brace; Ndidi Rested

FA Cup: Iheanacho Makes VAR History, Hits Leicester Brace; Ndidi Rested

By James Agberebi: Super Eagles forward Kelechi Iheanacho ended his goal drought in a rare start for Leicester City as he bagged a brace in their 2-0 win against League One outfit Fleetwood Town in a replay of their third round Emirates FA Cup tie at King Power Stadium on Tuesday night.
Iheanacho’s Super Eagles teammate Wilfred Ndidi was benched to give him a rest, while Ahmed Musa was not included in the matchday squad for Leicester.

Iheanacho put Leicester 1-0 up in the 44th minute after coolly slotting the ball past Fleetwood keeper Chris Neal following  Islam Slimani’s through ball.

And in the 77th minute, Iheanacho made it 2-0 with a delightful lofted finish over Fleetwood keeper.

The goal was initially ruled out for offside but was eventually given after the use of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

It was a historic decision because that was the first time ever in English football that a goal would be awarded after a VAR review.

Iheanacho was later replaced by Shinji Okazaki on 81 minutes.

Leicester will now travel away to face another League One club Peterborough FC in the fourth round.

The last time Iheanacho scored for Leicester was in a 3-1 home win against Leeds in the Carabao Cup on October 24, 2017.

He has now scored three goals in all competitions for Leicester since joining them from Manchester City last summer.

And in other third round replays on Tuesday, Cardiff City defeated home side Mansfield Town 4-1, while Sheffield Wednesday beat visiting Carlisle United 2-0.

FA Cup 3rd round replays:

Leicester City 1-0 Fleetwood Town

Mansfield Town 1-4 Cardiff City

Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 Carlisle United


  • Udovick 12 months ago

    Nice one, more power to your elbow to do exploit.

  • Ifeanyi 12 months ago

    Happy for you KELECHI. I pray that this second half of the season you will shine and score many goals. No injuries in Jesus name Amen.

  • Edoman, New Jersey, USA. 12 months ago

    If only Paul have confidence in the young Kelechi, but Rohr does and he scores good goals for Nigeria. Lets this young Kelechi play and you will enjoy the benefits. Come on Couch Paul.

  • sanni abdulrahman 12 months ago

    bravo! Nice one iheanacho

  • I always knew there’s more to Kelechi than what we’ve been seeing of him recently. If you can notice before he scored the first goal, his confidence was really low. that’s the outcome of long periods on the bench. He started playing well after the goal. The coach needs to give him more game time or loan him out to a club that will be giving him more games. This boy is very key to the future of Nigerian football, he should not be allowed to rot away. I understand that Jamie Vardy is very good for them. The coach needs to come up with an idea to help him have more games because that’s what will boost his confidence. He has a killer instinct that few players have

  • This is a league one team o. It is not a championship or premier league team. I thought the goals would have come flying in. Like 5-0. Home game for that matter. But Nigerians, have you noticed this about Iheanacho? Why is he with an unkept beard? Physically he is looks very unkept. With his youthfulness and money, he should look fresh and suckling. But he is not. These are signs of only one thing. I an afraid. Might this be the reason he is dwindling? Kelechi is not doing as expected. All the hypes after that under17 tournament have come to nothing. Someone close to him should tell the father who should not only be enjoying the igho, money, but should be observant and advice quickly. This is a serious matter and everyone should be cincerned.

    • VICTOR 12 months ago

      It seems as if you don’t know how difficult it is to defeat lower league sides in cup games. Check all over the world, when it comes to cup games it is very difficult to win compared to a regular league where you have to play 38 games to win. Lower league sides involved in cup games prepare extra cos they know that could be the only trophy they will win at the end of a particular season other than their regular leagues.

  • See, don’t condemn djch in totality. He’s making sense in a way!if u take a critical study on our boy and our future glory, you’ll discover that Iheanacho was more technical, deadlier and more promising while he was in under 17 than now. Plz, don’t overrule household wickedness against his performance! This is where his father must come in. He must be spiritually alert over the future of this boy. Certainly, Iheanacho is going places. He’s our glory and must be Spiritually guided!!!

    • Samking 12 months ago

      U get brain sir …u brain cells no go die ..I think I will go with u…its quite clear and making sense than that of djch