Both Kelechi Iheanacho and Dele Alampasu have been invited by Fifa as part of dignitaries to witness the annual Fifa Ballon d’Or to be hosted in Zurich.
Iheanacho and Alampasu were adjudged as the Most Valuable Player (Golden Ball) and the Best Goalkeeper (Golden Gloves) in the just concluded Fifa Under-17 World Cup, which Nigeria won for a record fourth time, and the youngsters have now been chosen as part of the select crowd that will witness the event.
The invitation was contained in a letter signed by Sandra Marfurt, Fifa’s Head of Special Events and Guest Management, and it read;
“On behalf of Fifa, I would like to congratulate you once again on winning the Adidas Golden Ball Award (Iheanacho); Golden Gloves (Alampasu) at this year’s Fifa’s Under-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates for the best player of the tournament.”
The announcement was made to the team on their return from a dinner which was organized in their honour by Niger State, Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, who handed a gift of N20 million to the Golden Eaglets.