Leicester striker Iheanacho has dots under his name WHY?
Why Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho has two sport dots under his name on the back of his shirt.
The 21-year-old Super Eagles forward is a member of the Igbo speaking tribe in the eastern part of Nigeria which makes up a large percentage of the population in the West African nation. Iheanacho’s hometown is in the state of Imo, where the population is 98 percent Igbo.
The Igbo language, which has an estimated 24million speakers, has vowels featuring underdots, which change the pronunciation of the letter, with the jaw more open and the tongue lower in the mouth.In Iheanacho’s case, the ‘I’ and ‘o’ within his surname include these.
As a result, the correct spelling of the striker’s name is Ịheanachọ.Foxes number eight, whose name literally translates as ‘what we are looking for’, chooses to have these dots on his matchday kit. Interestingly, before joining Leicester, Iheanacho’s Manchester City kits didn’t include this personal feature.
Some renowned Igbo players have graced the Premier League include Jay-Jay Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu, John Obi Mikel, Alex Iwobi and his Leicester team-mate Wilfred Onyinye Ndidi.The dethroned champions host Sheffield United in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Friday night at the King Power Stadium.