Nigerian Striker, Kelechi Iheanacho To Face Two Years Imprisonment


Stephen Adeniran


The Super Eagles of Nigeria and Manchester City striker, Kelechi Iheanacho, who is hoping to move to Leicester City, is facing legal problems in the US after allegations made against him that he may have misled a court in Pennsylvania.

The 20-year-old is being dragged into a legal battle by his previous representatives, American-based First Eleven Management, after pulling out of a contract with them two years ago to sign with Stellar.

The football star is said to have filed pleadings denying that he knew or spent time with Henry Galeano, who on his claims said he is his former agent.

The Nigerian also claimed he believed Galeano was an alias used by First Eleven Management co-owner Robert Zanicky. But the football agent was the company’s registered Fifa-licensed agent.

According to the Sun UK,  SunSport and the American court have been handed a series of photos and documents that will require an explanation from the Nigerian international.

The crucial legal question for Iheanacho, according to the report,  will be if the young star did more than merely meet Galeano or happened to be with him on occasions.

Galeano gave this statement in his court affidavit “For the avoidance of doubt, Iheanacho and I have spent hundreds of hours together.”

He also claimed he became Iheanacho’s official Fifa-licensed agent in July 2013 after both men signed a Representative Agreement.

He further said: “Robert Zanicky never used my name as an alias.”

The legal battle is also reported to be a bit complicated because Galeano in the signed and sworn affidavit submitted to the court, claims he spent “hundreds of hours” with the player.

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.


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