Ever wondered why Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho now has two dots under the ‘I’ and ‘O’ of his jersey at the Foxes this season?
Reports gathered by Jollof Sports revealed that the 21-year-old requested for the new inscription detail on his shirt after his move to the King Power Stadium. But the big question is: why did he make such request?
The striker, being a member of the Igbo tribe – one of the three major ethnic groups in Nigeria located geographical in the Southern part, insisted the dots were to be included to spell correctly his surname according to his tribe’s linguistics.
Iheanacho, who was born in Imo State, decided to have the details of the two dots to enhance proper pronunciation of the vowels – the ‘Ị’ & ‘Ọ’ – in his name.
To pronounce his name perfectly the jaw has to be more opened and the tongue lowered.
The former Manchester City forward’s name translates ‘what we are looking for’.
Notably, Ịheanachọ is the first Nigerian player to request this personal feature. Possibly, other Nigerian players will join him in effecting this detail on their matchday kits.