Kelechi Iheanacho scored a hat-trick in Leicester City’s 5-0 thrashing of Sheffield United in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
It was Iheanacho’s second career hat-trick, but his first in the English top-flight. However, the former Manchester City man is not the first Nigerian to achieve this feat in the Premier League, so Soccernet looks at Nigerian stars that have scored a hat-trick in the English top-flight.
When it comes to hat-tricks, no African star has scored more than Yakubu Aiyegbeni in the Premier League.
A prolific goalscorer in his time, Aiyegbeni is currently the third-highest scoring African in the English top-flight with 95 goals.
The former Super Eagles star is in a special group of five players to have scored a hat-trick for three different clubs.
Aiyebeni also holds the distinction of being the only player to have scored a perfect hat-trick for two different clubs. The 38-year-old’s first Premier League hat-trick was for Portsmouth in a 5-1 win over Middlesbrough in 2004.
Aiyegbeni scored four times in that encounter at Fratton Park. He scored his second hat-trick in Portsmouth 4-3 win over Fulham in August 2004.
Aiyegbeni’s third hat-trick also came against Fulham, but this time for Everton in December 2007. Four years later, the ex Nigerian international scored four times for the second time in a Premier League game as Blackburn beat Swansea.