Two Nigerians, James Ihedigbo and Osi Umenyiora, on Sunday played in the finals of the Super Bowl, America’s most prestigious game.
Ihedigbo played for the New York Giants while Umenyiora played for New England Patriots.
New York Giants won 21-17 in the game played in Indianapolis
The Correspondent in the North America reports that before the game, some Nigerians in the Diaspora had circulated messages, urging Nigerian to watch the game.
The message written by Emeka Maduewesi was titled “Nigerians at Super Bowl” and it read finally, some good news to celebrate, regardless if you are Hausa, Yoruba or Igbo - That makes you a Nigerian.....Period!
“Two of our own shall be facing each other at the Super Bowl, America's most prestigious game, this weekend.
“Osi Umenyiora will play for the New York Giants while James Ihedigbo will be on duty for the New England Patroits.”
“It said that Umenyiora was born in Golders Green, London, UK, to Nigerian parents from Ogbunike in Anambra.
The message added that his family moved back to Nigeria and later to Auburn, Alabama, where he started playing football in high school.
He’s of Igbo descent, his full first name means in Igbo “from today things will be good”.
The message also said that Ihedigbo was born to Rose and Apollos Ihedigbo, immigrants from Umuahia in Abia.
“We shall be on duty to cheer both teams. Heads or tail, we win.’’
Chief Gabe Okoye, one of those who watched the game, said he was excited.
He said that he got glued to his television set with his family until the game ended, stressing that his children loved the game.
When I first came to the US I did not know what Super Bowl was and could not understand it but today it has become one of the most interesting games to watch in America.”