Manchester United star Paul Pogba sent a touching message to Wycombe Wanderers midfielder Nnamdi Ofoborh following the Chairboys’ promotion to the Championship.
Wycombe won the League One play-off final with a dramatic 2-1 win over Oxford United at Wembley, with Ofoborh playing a key role as Gareth Ainsworth’s side reached the 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 following 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) starred for the Chairboys as they beat Oxford 2-1 in Wembley’s play-off final
Oforboh, on loan from Bournemouth, pleaded the Frenchman for a well done message on social media, tweeting: ‘i see @darealAkinfenwa getting mad replies from Liverpool players. i think this is the time to say @paulpogba i love you big time. my favourite player ever.’
The Wycombe man put out another tweet, saying: ‘honestly someone must know @paulpogba and if you do, help a bro out man’.
And World Cup winner Pogba clearly got hold of Oforboh’s request and filmed himself saying: ‘Yo Nnamdi, what’s up man? It’s your boy PP.
Oforboh (third left) celebrates with his Wycombe team-mates after their play-off final victory
Ofoborh had struggled in professional football after being released by Tottenham and Millwall
World Cup winner Pogba revealed that he would be watching Ofoborh in the Championship
‘I heard about you, I just wanted to congratulate you on your promotion to the Championship. I heard about your long journey, in football and outside football. For sure, it’s not easy, it’s difficult what you did.
‘I just want to wish you the best – carry on, keep it up, keep doing what you’re doing man. I’m going to be looking after you, and looking at what you’re doing until you get to the Premier League. Keep it up my G, be together, peace man.’
Before joining Bournemouth, Ofoborh had struggled to make his name in the professional game having been released from Tottenham Hotspur and Millwall early on in his career, before signing a contract at Bournemouth.
The midfielder scored his first Wycombe goal during their play-off semi-final win at Fleetwood
The 20-year-old joined Wycombe on a loan deal in September from Eddie Howe’s side and has made 21 league appearances for Ainsworth’s side in their promotion-winning season.
It was a remarkable campaign for the Chairboys, who received a spot in the play-offs despite sitting in eighth-place before the coronavirus pandemic halted the season.
The Nigeria Under-20 international, who scored his first Wycombe goal in the play-off semi-final win over Fleetwood Town, started the Wembley final before being taken off in the 62nd minute.
Wycombe’s Adebayo Akinfenwa (left) was also given a message by a Premier League star
Anthony Stewart gave Wycombe an early lead with a close-range header from a corner, but Oxford drew level thanks to Mark Sykes fluke cross-cum-shot in the second-half.
But a Joe Jacobson penalty ten minutes from time proved to be the winner to spark wild scenes amongst Wycombe players and staff in the empty Wembley ground.
As the full-time whistle went, Wycombe forward Adebayo Akinfenwa asked Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp to ‘hit me up on WhatsApp’ during a post-match interview and the Premier League-winning German manager duly obliged.
Klopp said in his video message: ‘Hello big man. Congratulations. I watched the game but I didn’t see the post-match interviews but Hendo [Jordan Henderson] and the boys told me to get in contact with you on WhatsApp so here we go.
‘Congratulations! I’m pretty sure your whole life you wanted to be at least a Championship player and now, finally, you are there. Well done. Great, great victory.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp gave Wycombe’s Adebayo Akinfenwa a message after the win
Akinfenwa shared the video on Twitter after Wycombe earned promotion to the Championship
‘Even in these strange times I hope you celebrate appropriately.’
Akinfenwa is a self-confessed supporter of Klopp’s side and turned up to a Wycombe team meeting in a Liverpool shirt after the Reds won the Premier League title in June.
Meanwhile, Ofoborh could end up playing Championship football for Bournemouth, with his future next season still undecided.
Oforboh pleaded with Pogba to send him a message like Klopp had done with Akinfenwa
Ahead of the final, Cherries boss Eddie Howe praised the midfielder’s performances during his time at Wycombe.
Howe told the Daily Echo: ‘I think it’s been a hugely productive loan spell for Nnamdi.
‘I’ve always said with Nnamdi, you couldn’t meet a nicer lad. You couldn’t meet someone who’s more dedicated and harder working.
‘Always got a big smile on his face. Someone I’ve got a lot of time for.’