Super Eagles duo of Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho wrote their names in the history books on Saturday as they became the first sext of Foxes to lift the FA Cup for Leicester City, defeating favourites Chelsea 1-0 at the prestigious Wembley Stadium, AOIFootball.com reports.
Hoping to join other seven Nigerian players to lift the oldest Cup competition in the world, the Eagles duo started for the Brendan Rogers side with Chelsea hoping to avoid back-to-back defeats at the competition having lost to Arsenal at the same stage last season.
In a half full of little or no chances, both teams failed to register a single shot on target with the biggest talking point of the first half being Leicester City losing key defender Jonny Evans through injury.
The second half then brought better play from both teams as Marcos Alonso’s header on 53 minutes, being saved by Schmeichel, before Leicester forced a series of corners and began to get a stronger foothold in the game, with Tielemans their chief creator.
Tielemans however went from creator to finisher in stunning style just after the hour mark, when he found space from 35 yards out to fire a brilliant strike into the top corner before celebrating with the Leicester fans behind that goal.
The Blues then thought they had forced the game into extra time with one minute of normal time left when Soyuncu smashed the ball in off Chilwell but the VAR correctly ruled the Chelsea defender to be offside with the Foxes holding on for their first-ever FA Cup in their history.
The win now means that the FA Cup has been lifted 14 times by Nigerians with Mikel Obi (4) and Kanu Nwankwo (3) leading with the most wins by a Nigerian player.