By Amaechi Agbo
Super Eagles and Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho has dedicated his first Premier League hat-trick in their 5-0 defeat of Sheffield United to mothers in the world.
It was the first time the former Manchester City forward scored three goals in a Premier League match since he made his debut in the competition back in August 2015, a feat which sent him into cloud nine.
He also joined the rest of the world in celebrating Mother’s Day by dedicating the match ball to motherhood.
The 2015 FIFA U-15 World Cup Golden Boot winner scored the hat-trick on a day the world is marking Mother’s Day, March 14.
“I don’t know how to express this, I’ve been waiting for this day to come. I’m grateful to God, my teammates and my manager for helping me grow,” Iheanacho told Sky Sports.
“I wish everyone a happy Mother’s Day. I dedicate this match ball to all the mothers in the world.”
During the game, Iheanacho who had earlier spoken of his relationship with Jamie Vardy benefitted two assists from the English striker and one from his compatriot Wilfred Ndidi.
He also disclosed how important the result was for Leicester City who moved up to second in the Premier League table with 56 points from 29 matches.
He continued: “Playing with him is a joy, he makes so much space for me. I’m really happy, I’m delighted. Even when he’s not scoring he’s helping the team to win.
“It was the first win at home for a while and it’s a clean sheet as well so we’re all really happy.
“The gaffer made it clear when he came in that we need to keep going. We’re getting very near to the top, hopefully we [can] finish near there.”