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Igbo Kwenu! EPL presenter stuns Iheanacho with native language interview


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Nigerian striker, Kelechi Iheanacho, was left stunned by a Premier League presenter who interviewed him in his native Igbo language.

The Leicester City forward was left speechless after the presenter greeted him saying “Igbo Kwenu”, before she added, “I do my research, it’s no surprise.”

“I’m really surprised you said that,” responded Iheanacho who still appeared shocked and happy at the same time to hear a foreigner speak Igbo.

Iheanacho has been in blistering form for Brendan Rodgers’ side, having helped them lift the FA Cup trophy against Chelsea on Saturday.

The 24-year-old almost led a comeback on Tuesday night by scoring the only goal in the 2-1 defeat against Thomas Tuchel’s side in the Premier League, to increase his season’s tally to 12 (nine with his left foot, two with his right and one header) in 24 appearances.

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Iheanacho and his Super Eagles/Leicester teammate, Wilfred Ndidi, made Nigerians proud after the FA Cup victory by flying the African nation’s famous ‘Green, White, Green’ flag to the delight of many Nigerians across the globe.

However, before the FA Cup victory, WUZUPNIGERIA reported that the 24-year-old was subjected to criticism by some Nigerians for promoting his tribe when reposted a picture of his jersey with the caption, “FOR THE IGBO CULTURE” instead of declaring for Nigeria in the Tweet.

WUZUPNIGERIA wishes to clarify that the player has neither denounced his Nigerian nationality nor made an official declaration in support of the secessionist Indigenous Peoples of Biafra ( IPOB).

Nevertheless, Iheanacho was equally defended by many Nigerians who cited other instances where two-time unified world heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua and Ultimate Fighting Championship Middleweight Champion, Israel Adesanya, had flaunted their Yoruba names and culture without persecution.

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Meanwhile, the 24-year-old was again a subject of criticism for flying and wrapping Nigeria’s flag around him after the FA Cup victory as IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, blasted Iheanacho and Ndidi for not promoting IPOB’s Biafra Land.

Nnamdi Kanu wrote on Twitter: “Gerard Pique is a World Cup winner with over 103 caps for Spain. He never turned his back against Catalonia freedom. Severally, he has shown open support for Catalan freedom. But our Iheanacho & Ndidi with #Zoo flag? Shame! Difference btw White man & his Black counterparts.”

However, the striker who has been unfazed by the distractions off the pitch ended the FA Cup tournament as joint top scorer alongside British striker of Nigerian descent, Tammy Abraham, and two others with four goals apiece.

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Iheanacho became the first player in the Premier League history to score a goal on all seven weekdays within a single season after netting for the Foxes against Chelsea last night.

He is also on course to beat veteran striker, Jamie Vardy, to Leciester’s highest goal scorer this season for the first time since the 2014-15 season.

Iheanacho was recently crowned the ‘Premier League Player of the Month for May but lost the April edition and as well as the ‘Goal of the Month’ Awards for the same month despite bagging a double nomination.