Myanmar football fans flocked on Sunday (May 22, 2016) to see newly crowned English Premier League champions Leicester City as they made a whirlwind visit to Yangon and took in the city’s stunning Shwedagon Pagoda, AFP reported.
The Foxes, who have spent a week soaking up the adulation of a growing Thai fanbase, were greeted with a cascade of selfies at Yangon airport before they were whisked away for a brief tour of the Shwedagon, which contains relics from the Buddha.
Italian manager Claudio Ranieri, his hands clasped in respect, knelt alongside Leicester’s Thai owner, billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, and several players in front of the glittering pagoda that soars over Yangon’s skyline.
Duty free magnate Vichai is a devout Buddhist renowned for his deeply superstitious approach to club affairs, said AFP.
During Leicester’s odds-defying title-winning season Vichai repeatedly flew Thai monks to the British city to bless the team and stadium.
The club have attracted new fans across Asia since their 5,000-1 outsider title win, even winning over some supporters from traditional regional favourites Manchester United.
“All football fans like Leicester because they tried very hard and gave the best they had,” Chan Myae Ko Ko Lwin, who is organising a fans’ welcoming party in Myanmar, told AFP.