Iheanacho, Ndidi Pay Final Respects To Leicester City Chairman
Nigeria internationals, Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho were in action for Leicester City in their first home game at the King Power Stadium since the sudden death of their Chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
Tears rolled down the eyes of the fans, players and staff at the King Power. Visiting Burnley supporters were also caught up in the deep emotions that rang around the stadium as both teams played out a drab draw.
Attention shifted away quickly from the action on the pitch as the referee signaled the end of the game.
There were so many deeply moving images, but none more so than the sight of Aiyawatt, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s son, walking around the pitch after the final whistle and fighting back the tears while the supporters were singing his father’s name.
Leicester’s staff and players followed closely behind, along with Claudio Ranieri, Nigel Pearson and Craig Shakespeare, three of their former managers, as the club came together to applaud the fans and in particular to show their support for Aiyawatt, who looked overcome by it all as he walked towards the centre circle holding a Thailand flag.
The whole occasion pulled on the heartstrings. Leicester’s players and many of the staff at the club had paid their respects to Vichai when they traveled to Thailand last weekend to attend his seven-day funeral.
But for the supporters this was their opportunity to say farewell and thank you to the unassuming 60-year-old who made their dreams come true.
“Champions of England, you made us sing that” reverberated time and again.