On September 13 2015 after Kelechi Iheanacho scored a last minute winning goal for Manchester City against Crystal Palace in an English Premier League game, Social media went overboard when Sterling called the 19 year old “Uncle” in a tweet congratulating him for his goal that gifted them all three points on twitter.
The tweets lead to a whole lot of insinuations which some even saying the tweet brings to question the real age of the Nigerian for Sterling who is older than him to refer to him as uncle.
Same debate was reignited when Anglo Nigerian Tosin Adarabioyo referred to the 20 year old as “Uncle”once again, after smashing his record as Manchester City youngest debutant in the UEFA Champions League.
However in our traditional way of unraveling the mystery behind most stories owngoalnigeria.com can authoritatively reveal that the tweet had nothing to do with his age rather it’s the nickname most of the senior players call the Nigerian who refers to most of them as “uncle” in training.
The word uncle is mostly used in Nigeria to refer to someone who is older during conversation and not necessarily what it means in the real sense and Iheanacho use the word very well in most of his chats with the senior players who in turn jokingly refer to him as uncle once in a while.
Sterling’s tweet was more of the same joke from the training pitch whenever the Nigerian is talked about by senior players of the team and nothing close to all that have been speculated.