Eaglets four-goal hero Kelechi Iheanacho has revealed that his goal celebration was inspired by his favourite wrestler Daniel Bryan.
Iheanacho raced to corner flag whenever he scored, raised and pumped his arms, extending his fingers to the heavens. His knees followed along in rhythm to celebrate his goals.
“This is the celebration move of my favourite professional wrestler,” Iheanacho told FIFA.com.
Daniel Bryan is this Nigerian boy’s favourite wrestler, a bearded American from the outskirts of Seattle who occasionally goes by the moniker, the American Dragon.
“I watch him on TV and I love the way he whips up the crowd this way, so I decided to copy it. The fans seemed to like it, too,” he added with a broad grin.
“I was totally over the top with joy when that first goal went in.
“I’ve scored four goals in a game many times, but only in the streets with my friends,” he insisted with a beaming smile, the confidence of youth and a huge successful day spilling from his pores. “But never in an international match, never for my country. The feeling is amazing.”