Wycombe Wanderers have made history by earning promotion to the Championship.
The Chairboys will play in England’s second tier for the first time ever next season after securing a 2-1 win over Oxford United in the League One play-off final at an empty Wembley Stadium.
Anthony Stewart fired Wycombe into an early lead after nine minutes, heading home from Joe Jacobson’s threatening corner that took a deflection off goalkeeper Simon Eastwood.
Wycombe gain historic promotion
However, Oxford drew level after the break when Mark Sykes lobbed Wycombe shot-stopper Ryan Allsop with what appeared to be a mishit cross into the penalty area.
But that slice of luck wasn’t enough to deny Gareth Ainsworth’s side the victory as they snatched promotion with just 11 minutes to go thanks to Jacobsen’s penalty.
And on hand to celebrate Wycombe’s historic achievement was, of course, their star man Akinfenwa, who has gained international fame for his status as the world’s strongest footballer.
Akinfenwa shows his emotions at FT
This isn’t the first time that Akinfenwa has enjoyed promotion under the Wembley arch; wildly celebrating a late penalty for AFC Wimbledon in the 2015/16 League Two play-off final.
However, guiding Wycombe to the second division is an incredible achievement that tops even that and Akinfenwa’s emotions were clear for everyone to see at full-time.
The former Swansea City striker could be seen praying on the pitch, participating in a show of support for the Black Lives Matter movement and giving an all-time classic post-match interview.
You can check out clips of Akinfenwa after the game down below to remind yourself exactly why football is called the beautiful game:
“Look, look, let me calm down. First and foremost, I want to thank God, because today he made the impossible possible,” Akinfenwa told Sky Sports after the game, per Goal.
“Four years ago I stood in front of you and I was technically unemployed. Let me tell you something, the only person that can hit me up on WhatsApp this time is Klopp, so we can celebrate together. You get me? Oi!”
Klopp’s video message for Akinfenwa
Brilliant, Adebayo, but let’s be realistic here, Klopp isn’t going to be sliding into your DM’s… or is he?
Well, Klopp showed his class yet again by hopping on a call with Akinfenwa to congratulate him on his achievement and thankfully for us, their exchange was filmed for all to see. Check out the wholesome moment down below:
Akinfenwa speaks out about racism
The joyous achievement came just a matter of days after Akinfenwa suffered racist abuse during the play-off semi-final against Fleetwood Town, sparking an investigation from the Football Association.
When asked about the incident, Akinfenwa responded: “There’s a time for me to speak on that, and I will speak on it. Life in football is all about opinions.
“Someone gave their opinion on me, and that was their opinion. I hope my story shows that the only opinion that matters is the opinion you have about yourself.
“I was lucky and blessed to find a manager and players who believed in me, so we are here today, and I’ll say it for the people in the back: Wycombe’s in the Championship.
“Wait, wait, I’ll say it one more time: Wycombe is in the Champio- Wait! The people in the back didn’t hear me! Wycombe is in the Championship!”
You’re an inspiration, Adebayo.
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