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Super Eagles Iheanacho faces jail term in America

Super Eagles striker Kelechi Iheanacho reportedly underwent medical at Leicester City on Tuesday but the Manchester City forward could be jailed for two years in the United States if he is found guilty of misleading a court in Pennsylvania.

According to British newspaper The Sun, Iheancho filed pleadings that denied he knew or spent time with Henry Galeano, his former agent, before he signed with Stellar Group. Iheanacho claimed Galeano was an alias used by First Eleven Management co-owner Robert Zanicky.

The British daily has published photographs of the Nigeria international together with Galeano and Zanicky, which destroyed his arguments that Galeano and Zanicky were the same person.

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Under Pennsylvania Law, if it is found Iheanacho knowingly tried to mislead the court, he could be charged with unsworn falsification — which, if found guilty, carries a penalty of up to two years in prison. Henry Galeano claims he became Iheanacho’s agent in July 2013, four months before he picked up the best player award of the Fifa U-17 World Cup.

It remained to be seen if the dispute between Iheanacho’s old agent and the new representatives has been resolved after the player reportedly went through medical at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday. Iheanacho joined Man City’s academy at the start of 2014, before breaking through to the first team a year later.

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He scored his first senior goal against Crystal Palace at the start of the 2015-16 season, going on to net 14 times in all competitions. Last season saw him score seven times and Pep Guardiola has agreed to let the 20-year-old move on.

 

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