Iheanacho was all Leicester needed to win the FA Community Shield against a sound Pep Guardiola’s team at Wembley Stadium. Leicester played the game because they won last season’s FA Cup and Manchester City played the final because they won last season’s Premier League title.
Manchester City were favorites to win the game because of the numerous football stars the club have in their possession. However, Leicester City was able to drag the club to the final 15 minutes of the game.
Towards the last 9 minutes, Kelechi Iheanacho who was a substitute in the game drove the ball into Manchester City box eighteen. Unfortunately for City, Nathan Ake knocked the Nigerian international down.
The center referee did not blow the whistle immediately Iheanacho fell, it took him some seconds to decide before he called for a spot-kick.
Coach Brendan Rodgers of Leicester City allowed Kelechi Iheanacho to take the spot-kick and the 24-year-old striker did not disappoint. He scored in the 89th minute to give Leicester the lead.
After he scored the goal, Kelechi Iheanacho did not celebrate because of his history with Manchester City. Recall that the striker launched his Premier League career at Manchester City on July 1, 2015.
However, Manchester City’s coach, Pep Guardiola was not too impressed with him and had to sell him to Leicester City on August 3, 2017, for a transfer fee worth €27.70 million.
Instead of seeing the winning goal against Manchester City as payback for Pep Guardiola for not believing in him, he decided to show some respect to his former club by not celebrating.
🏆🥇All glory to God pic.twitter.com/1aZBLIzNL3— Kelechi Iheanacho (@67Kelechi) August 7, 2021
“I don’t know what to say. I think it is mixed emotions. I’m grateful for getting the trophy today for my team. I’m really happy,” the football star said.
“Disappointed not to start? Not really. We have a great squad and anybody that the manager puts in will deliver. We need everybody to get through the season so I’m not disappointed.
“I’m just happy for the team whether I start or not. I just know one thing, if I come in then I have to make an impact and help my team. That’s what I did today.”
After Iheanacho’s goal, coach Pep Guardiola could not find any system to break Leicester City’s defense. Hence, the spot-kick became the match-winner.
After the game, some football fans argued that the tackle on the Nigerian was too soft and did not deserve a spot-kick. Those against the decision said the center referee hesitated to decide due to how soft the tackle was.
But Iheanacho said: “I think it’s a penalty. [Ake] caught me. The referee saw it but he wanted us to play on, so if we scored it would have been okay.
“I have been practicing [my penalties]. I missed one last season but I have been practicing all the time. I just had it in my mind to shoot on an angle and hit it hard, so that’s what I did.”