Super Eagles Stars, Kelechi Iheanacho and Chidozie Awaziem were guests to Africa’s Pillar Of Sports and Chief Whip of the Nigerian Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu at his private residence in Abuja
In welcoming the August visitors who were in his house to pay homage and also thank him for his unwavering support for football development in the country in particular, Senator Kalu thanked the duo for being great ambassadors of Nigeria in Europe.
The two-time Abia State Governor singled out Kelechi Iheanacho and his compatriot, Wilfred Ndidi for playing an integral part in Leicester City’s FA Cup historic victory against Chelsea in May.
Senator Kalu who as Abia State Governor guided the Enyimba International Football Club to back-to-back CAF Champions League victories in 2003 and 2004, commended them for lifting Nigerian flag during their FA Cup celebrations.
Iheancho and Sen. Kalu
“On Wednesday evening I hosted our dear Nigerian Professional Footballer and Premier League’s Leicester city star Kelechi Iheanacho, who paid me a courtesy visit at my Abuja home alongside Chidozie Collins Awaziem the central defender for Portuguese club Boavista FC.
“I congratulated him and his fellow compatriot Wilfred Ndidi for making our nation proud in the global football space by playing a huge role in assisting their club win the prestigious FA Cup amongst other laurels,” Senator Kalu said.
He expressed joy and honour in having the players around “It was also adorable to see the “Senior Man Kels” and Willy celebrate by proudly flying our nation’s flag.”
Since Senator Kalu left office in 2007, Enyimba, despite winning the Nigeria Professional Football League NPFL in few occasions, have struggled in the continent and have been unable to replicate the form under Kalu’s watch that saw them defeat Africa big clubs with ease.