By Amaechi Agbo
Super Eagles and Leicester City striker, Kelechi Iheanacho made history on Tuesday after scoring the first goal to be decided by Video Assistant Referee, VAR during an FA match against Fleetwood.
Iheanacho’s goal on 76 minutes was initially disallowed by the centre referee but following the VAR assessment, which correctly assessed the goal, it was awarded.
The former Manchester City forward completed a brace in their 2-0 FA Cup win over Fleetwood Town thanks to a VAR call. Thus he became an English football first Leicester City striker to have a goal awarded by the video assistant referee
The much-debated technology, which has been tested at FIFA events and used in Serie A and the Bundesliga this season, made its English debut through trials in the FA Cup and EFL Cup semi-finals this month.
Former Manchester City youngster Iheanacho had already given Leicester the lead in their third-round replay against League One Fleetwood Town and had a second disallowed for offside.
The Nigeria international then latched on to a Riyad Mahrez pass and finished, only to see his celebrations curtailed by the official’s flag once more.
However, a review of the goal via VAR clearly showed Iheanacho was onside when Mahrez played him in – ensuring Leicester were 2-0 up and on the way into round four, while their 21-year-old forward will be the answer to a trivia question for years to come.
Iheanacho expressed delight about the win on his Twitter account, was elated with his return to purring the ball behind the net and appreciated God for the feat.
“Congratulations to the team for a great performance and a very well deserved win tonight. Very pleased to get back on the goals. #GodIsTheKindest!! #FearlessFox” he Twittered.
The Foxes take on Watford on Saturday as they return to Premier League action.