Leicester City are the confirmed champions of England; the team with the most consistent run in the Barclays Premier League finally got their reward after Tottenham Hotspurs, their closest challengers for the title failed to pick a win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino termed it a “beautiful story” while former Leicester City midfielder Robbie Savage said “In terms of domestic football, Leicester City winning the Premier League is the greatest achievement ever and I think it will never be surpassed.”
The Foxes’ run in the Premier League is reminiscent of the victorious run registered by Kenyan Premier League side Sofapaka in 2009.
The Nairobi based club, formed in 2002, ascended to the top flight after just eight years of playing through four tiers before finishing top of the second tier Zone A and getting the ticket to the top.
Leicester City’s chances of winning the Premier League at the start of the season was placed at 5000/1 by bookmakers and Sofapaka’s season at the start of 2009 was not much different, the team was given no chance in a league that had heavyweights like Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards and Tusker.
They however defied the odds and just like Leicester City, the team lost just three matches all season and registered the best goal difference.
How things pan out for Leicester City after this win remains to be seen but for Sofapaka, that was the beginning of problems for the team, with a huge financial burden for the continental matches that drained the coffers of the then best paying club in the KPL.
With the financial incentives for winning and participating in the UEFA Champions League, Leicester may not struggle as much as Sofapaka did but the fact that they managed to beat seasoned and financially stronger teams to the title is some history for the Foxes.