Kelechi Iheanacho, a Leicester City striker, has been named the English Premier League’s (EPL) player of the month for March.
The Premier League announced on its website on Friday. The award was also awarded to Iheanacho at Leicester’s training ground.
The Leicester striker now enters the ranks of Austin Jay-Jay Okocha, Peter Osaze Odemwingie, and Odion Jude Ighalo as monthly award winners.
On Saturday, Leicester, who is currently third in the table, will host league leaders Manchester City.
“I’m so pleased and honored to win this award,” the 24-year-old Super Eagles forward said shortly after receiving the award.
“It’s wonderful to be remembered, but I couldn’t have done it without my teammates and manager’s help.
“I’m having a lot of fun right now, and hopefully, I can keep it up and help the team finish as high as possible this season.”
Iheanacho won the award after a month of outstanding results in the league, during which he scored five goals.
At the King Power Stadium, he scored against Brighton & Hove Albion, Burnley, and finished with a hat-trick against Sheffield United.
The former Manchester City youngster also scored twice against Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-finals, knocking the Red Devils out.
In an eight-man shortlist, Iheanacho received the award ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane, Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez, and Manchester United’s Luke Shaw.