Recently crowned BBC African Footballer of the Year, Yaya Toure wants Kelechi Iheanacho’s late winner for Manchester City in their 2-1 victory over hard fighting Swansea City in yesterday’s premier league match awarded to him.
The 19-year-old Nigerian replaced scorer of the first City goal, Wilfred Bony in the 83rd minute but it was the visitors that leveled scores just a minute to full-time when French forward Bafetimbi Gomis smashed an unstoppable shot past the very impressive Joe Hart in goal for the Citizens.
The Swans who sacked their manager Garry Monk on Tuesday had their travelling supporters in loud voices as the game was destined for a draw but Yaya Toure showed up majestically, dragging three defenders towards himself before releasing a left foot shot that took a wicked deflection off Iheanacho’s back and flew past Lukasz Fabianski for the winner.
Yaya was asked after the game if he thought the goal should be awarded to Iheanacho or to him, he said: “When a player shoots on goal and it goes in, he should be awarded the goal regardless of a deflection or not so it’s my goal.”
Not that it will matter one way or another to Manchester City and their fans, but their winning goal – originally awarded to Yaya Toure – has now been given to Kelechi Iheanacho.
The win against Swansea takes Manchester City to top of the premier league with 32 points but it may all change on Monday night when Leicester City host struggling Chelsea.