There has been yet another twist in the tale surrounding African wonder-kid Kelechi Iheanacho, with reports claiming his father has not been able to contact him for three days.
Given the stories generated by 17-year-old Nigerian footballer Kelechi Iheanacho, he is fast-becoming a one-man soap opera.
Last week we brought you the news from Nigeria that Iheanacho’s national coach Emmanuel Amuneke had been accused of assaulting the man reportedly chosen by the player to represent him.
The alleged assault was later denied by Amuneke, who said he only had the player’s best interests at heart and would advise him if such advice was sought out.
But the latest story from Nigeria has been generated by quotes from the player’s father, who reportedly told radio station Hot FM Owerri that Iheanacho had gone missing.
“I don’t know the whereabouts of my son,” his father is reported to have said. “I have not been able to reach him for the past three days.”
Website MTN Football has gone on to claim that unconfirmed reports suggest that two Nigerian under-17 officials and a Portuguese-based agent may have taken the player to Europe for a deal to be signed.
The player – who shot to fame after scoring six goals and providing seven assists during the under-17 World Cup – has been tipped for a switch to FC Porto, with previous reports claiming a deal would be done in a matter of days.
With those days now up, we are no closer to finding out where Iheanacho will be playing his football next season.
For now we simply hope he is found and reports of his disappearance are wide of the mark.
But as the stories surrounding the player become more akin to plot twists, the footballing world can only hope he moves where he wants to and that his early promise blossoms into considerably more.
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