Nigeria internationals, Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi and Leicester City team mates will travel to Thailand for the funeral of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha after today’s English Premier League match against Cardiff City.
The 60-year-old billionaire died last Saturday with four others when his helicopter crashed next to Leicester’s King Power Stadium.
The funeral, likely to last a week, starts on Saturday in Bangkok.
Former England international Jamie Vardy said on Friday that he and the other players had to be there.
“That’s how we are — we are a close-knit group. We are one big family and one of the main reasons for that is Vichai,” he said. “For us to be there is massively important.”
Vichai bought Leicester in 2010 and the team went on to stun the football world by winning the English Premier League title against the odds in 2016.
Vardy said the last week had been the hardest of his life but the players, who traveled by road to Cardiff, were keen to play on Saturday.
“We all spoke about wanting to play,” said Vardy. “It’s what Vichai would have wanted and that’s we are going to do.
The match ended 1-0 in favour of the Foxes.