Manchester United star Paul Pogba sent a moving message to Wycombe Wanderers midfielder Nnamdi Ofoborh after the promotion of the Chairboys to the championship.
Wycombe won the League One playoff final with a dramatic 2-1 win over Oxford United at Wembley, with Ofoborh playing a key role when Gareth Ainsworth’s squad reached second tier for the first time in the club’s history.
Die-hard Liverpool fan and Wycombe striker Adebayo Akinfenwa received a message from Jurgen Klopp after the famous win and Ofoborh is the latest Chairboys player to receive a message from their Premier League hero.
Paul Pogba sent a message to Wycombe’s Nnamdi Ofoborh after the club’s historic promotion
Ofoborh (right) played for the Chairboys while beating Oxford 2-1 in the Wembley playoff final
Oforboh, on loan from Bournemouth, begged the Frenchman for a well-done social media post and tweeted: ‘I see @darealAkinfenwa getting crazy reactions from Liverpool players. i think now is the time to say @paulpogba i love you very much. my favorite player ever. ‘
The Wycombe guy tweeted another, saying, ‘Honestly, someone needs to know @paulpogba and if you do, help a bro-out guy.’
And World Cup winner Pogba clearly got the request from Oforboh and filmed himself saying, “Yo Nnamdi, what’s the matter? It’s your boy PP.
Oforboh (third from left) celebrates with his Wycombe teammates after their playoff final win
Ofoborh struggled with professional football after being released by Tottenham and Millwall
World Cup winner Pogba revealed that he would watch Ofoborh in the championship
“I heard from you, I wanted to congratulate you on your promotion for the championship. I heard about your long journey, in football and outside football. It is certainly not easy, it is difficult what you have done.
“I just want to wish you the best – keep it up, keep it up, keep doing what you do, man. I’m going to take care of you and watch what you do until you get to the Premier League. Keep it up my G, be together, peace man. ‘
Before Ofoborh joined Bournemouth, he struggled to make a name for himself in the professional game after being released early in his career by Tottenham Hotspur and Millwall before signing a contract with Bournemouth.
The midfielder scored his first Wycombe goal in their playoff semi-final win over Fleetwood
The 20-year-old was on loan to Wycombe on Eddie Howe’s side in September and has played 21 league games for the Ainsworth squad in their promotion-winning season.
It was a remarkable campaign for the Chairboys, who got a spot in the playoffs despite being in eighth place before the coronavirus pandemic ended the season.
The Nigeria Under-20 international, who scored his first Wycombe goal in the Fleetwood Town playoff semifinal, started the Wembley final before taking off in the 62nd minute.
Wycombe’s Adebayo Akinfenwa (left) also received a message from a Premier League star
Anthony Stewart gave Wycombe an early lead with a close header from a corner, but Oxford tied the score thanks to Mark Sykes’ fluke cross-cum-shot in the second half.
But a penalty by Joe Jacobson ten minutes before the end turned out to be the winner for creating wild scenes among Wycombe players and staff in the empty Wembley field.
While the full-time whistle went, Wycombe striker Adebayo Akinfenwa asked Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp to ‘hit me on WhatsApp’ during an post-game interview and the Premier League-winning German manager was duly obliged.
Klopp said in his video message, “Hi big man. Congratulations. I watched the game, but I didn’t see the post-game interviews, but Hendo [Jordan Henderson] and the guys said to contact you via whatsapp so here we go.
‘Congratulations! I’m pretty sure you’ve wanted to be a champion all your life and now you’re finally here. Well done. Great win.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp gave Wycombe’s Adebayo Akinfenwa a post after the win
Akinfenwa shared the video on Twitter after Wycombe got promoted for the championship
“Even in these strange times, I hope you celebrate the right way.”
Akinfenwa is a self-proclaimed supporter of Klopp’s side, showing up for a Wycombe team meeting in a Liverpool shirt after the Reds won the Premier League title in June.
Meanwhile, Ofoborh could eventually play championship football for Bournemouth, with his future still undecided next season.
Oforboh begged Pogba to send him a message like Klopp had done to Akinfenwa
Prior to the final, Cherries boss Eddie Howe praised the midfielder’s performance during his time with Wycombe.
Howe told the Daily Echo, “I think it was a hugely productive loan spell for Nnamdi.
“I always said with Nnamdi that you can’t meet a nicer boy. You couldn’t meet anyone who works more devoted and harder.
“Always a big smile on his face. Someone I have a lot of time for. ‘