Super Eagles stars Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho played key parts as Leicester beat Chelsea on Saturday to lift its first English FA Cup.
Although it was Youri Tielemans’s sensational screamer that handed Leicester the victory, Iheanacho, who had a dour final, has been instrumental throughout the tournament, scoring four goals and Ndidi was as solid as ever, playing the full 90 minutes on Saturday.
Five years after the Foxes stunned the Premier League’s giants to become champions, Leicester have now, with the help of the Nigerians, claimed English football’s other prestigious trophy at the fifth time of asking.
Four times they had previously lost the final, but the last of those was 52 years ago.
“It’s a historical day for the football club,” said Rodgers. “Winning the FA Cup for the first time. I’m so happy for the players and supporters. They’ve lost four finals and now a fifth time we’ve managed to do it for them.”
“The success of this team and club is getting to positions like this and competing. The so-called bigger clubs are expected to win but our success is competing and if we can perform like today we can go and win,” added Rodgers.
“After everything that has happened this year, I’m sure people were hoping from a neutral perspective that we could go on and upset the odds.”
A historic week for Rodgers’s men could get even better as they are on the verge of sealing a place in next season’s Champions League.
The sides meet again in three days at Stamford Bridge in a pivotal clash to decide who secures a top-four finish in the Premier League.
However, Chelsea needs a quick response after losing for just the fourth time in 27 games since Thomas Tuchel replaced the sacked Frank Lampard in January.
The Blues also have a Champions League final to look forward to against Manchester City in two weeks but could end the campaign without silverware or a place in Europe’s premier club competition next season.
“Of course we are disappointed but we are not angry,” said Tuchel. “This performance was enough to win it, today we are simply unlucky. You need luck in this game to be able to win”.