By Richard Jideaka, Abuja:
Former Nigeria defender and ex-assistant coach of the Nigeria U-17 World Cup winning team, Nduka Ugbade does not believe that Gabriel Jesus is better than Kelechi Iheanacho at Manchester City, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Reacting to the relegation of the Nigerian youth sensation to just a squad player at English Premier League side, Manchester City, Ugbade claims that Iheanacho has scored better goals than what Jesus has done for the Citizens
"I don't think Iheanacho was justly dropped from recent match day squad because of poor form, but because coach Pep Guardiola does not like the young Nigerian. I don't think Gabriel Jesus who is the rave in Manchester now is better than Iheanacho," the former Reno Stars coach tells Completesportsnigeria.
"What Gabriel is doing now for Man City scoring goals, has been done previously by Iheanacho. Given equal opportunity, the young Nigerian is a better player and I strongly believe that he will get better."
Asked if it will be wise for Iheanacho to change club and have more playing time, Ugbade advises, "I want Kelechi to fight for his place in the team to the end of the season after and see if the situation will remain unchanged."
Ugbade stresses that Iheanacho has the potential to become a big player with time, that he just needs playing time to develop his game.