The Chairman Board of trustee 042 Legends football Association and Personal Assistant to President of Nigeria Football Federation NFF General Chikeluo Iloenyosi has sent a message of congratulations to Super Eagles’ midfielder Wilfred Ndidi and forward Kelechi Iheanacho on the duo’s triumph with Leicester City on their team defeat against Chelsea FC in Saturday’s FA Cup final in England.
Both players featured in the encounter at Wembley and at the end celebrated enthusiastically with a Nigeria flag as they joined a list of only seven other Nigerian players to have lifted England’s most glamorous diadem.
Former Super Eagle hitman said, “I am very happy for both Ndidi and Iheanacho. They worked very hard for Leicester City throughout the campaign and themselves, the Club deserves it. I believe this triumph will serve as a major psychological boost for the two players ahead of our friendly games this summer and FIFA World Cup qualifiers starting in September.
“I am also very happy seeing the two players celebrating with the Nigerian flag at the end of it all. That was awesome.”
“Iheanacho and Ndidi are my kids both in the national team and outside football. we are like family i so much believe in both of them when it comes to dedication and hard work in soccer, both are willing and ready to die in the pitch. Iloenyosi stated.
Ndidi and Iheanacho became only the second pair of Nigerians to have celebrated The FA Cup win in England, after Nwankwo Kanu and John Utaka triumphed with Portsmouth against Cardiff in 2008.
Before then, Daniel Amokachi had won with Everton in 1995; Celestine Babayaro with Chelsea in 2000; Kanu with Arsenal in 2002 and 2003 and John Mikel Obi with Chelsea in 2007. After the Kanu/Utaka feat in 2008, John Mikel Obi won again with Chelsea in 2009, 2010 and 2012; Alex Iwobi won with Arsenal in 2017 and; Victor Moses won with Chelsea in 2018.