SWITZERLAND boss Murat Yakin has delivered 20 pounds of chocolate to the Northern Ireland national team as a thank you for helping them reach the World Cup.
Ian Baraclough’s men held Italy to a heroic 0-0 draw in Belfast last week.
The result allowed Switzerland to complete their qualifying group after beating Bulgaria 4-0.
Afterwards, the grateful Alpine nation vowed to reward Northern Ireland with some of their world-famous confectionery.
And coach Yakin has now kept his promise – packing 9.3kg of chocolate bars in a box addressed to the Irish FA.
The Swiss FA posted a film on Twitter, with the caption: “We kept our word, Northern Ireland! Sweet thanks are on the way!”
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In the video, Yakin sings the Northern Irish song Sweet Caroline as she hands out various bars in the SFA office.
He said: “93 minutes without conceding a goal against European champions Italy equals 9.3kg of Swiss chocolate sent to Northern Ireland.”
Yakin puts a handwritten note that reads: “Thank you sweet, Murat” into the box before sealing it, taking it outside and beaming: “Very good, very good.”
Italy, who beat England on penalties to win the Euro 2020 final this summer, must now win the play-offs to reach next winter’s World Cup finals in Qatar.
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