The Super Eagles stars helped Leicester win the FA cup for the first time in the club’s 137-year history and now the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), wants to reward the players after they showed patriotism during their celebration after defeating Chelsea 1-0 at Wembley Stadium on Saturday May 15.
After the final whistle, Iheanacho and Ndidi went for the Nigeria flag which was wrapped around their bodies as they joined their teammates in celebration.
Director of the NCAC, who doubles as the President of World Crafts Council, Otunba Segun Runsewe, says such celebration should be immortalized.
A statement on the National Council for Arts and Culture website said that an arts competition – either in painting, drawing or printmaking of the players – will be initiated for a one-month period which could have mouth-watering prizes like a trip to London.
“Beneath the pomp, glitz and glamour of the European FA final between Leicester City and Chelsea, a unique spectacular and outstanding show of patriotism was displayed,” it read.
“It came in the manner that Kelechi and Ndidi soaked themselves in their love for Nigeria by wrapping themselves in Nigerian Green-White-Green national colour to celebrate their victory over Chelsea football club.”
He stated that there is a need to document, institutionalize and legalise the legacy of Iheanacho and Ndidi
“The collaboration of the Society of Nigerian Artists, Abuja, the NCAC is instituting an art competition that celebrates the intersection of sports and culture referencing the Kelechi and Ndidi actions with the Nigerian flag in the Leicester City victory over Chelsea Football club,” Runsewe added.