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Derry band Wonder Villains land Gianfranco Zola

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Media captionGianfranco Zola stars in Derry band The Wonder Villains' music video

Members of a pop band from Londonderry have said it feels like they have won the World Cup after an Italian football legend agreed to appear in a video to promote their latest album.

The Wonder Villains managed to get former Chelsea star Gianfranco Zola to star in their tribute song to him.

The four-piece wrote "Zola" after watching videos of the Sardinian in full flight on the field.

When it came to shoot a video, the real Zola played a blinder.

Wonder Villains singer Eimear Coyle said: "We had a song about Zola, we'd been playing it for three years.

"Then we were, like, we need a music video, what do we do?

"Our friend was at university in London and met this girl with the surname Zola and she said 'you should hear this song it's about the footballer Zola' and she said 'that's my dad'.

"Facebook messages happened and he agreed to be in the video."

The Derry band were apprehensive about meeting the star, but he soon put them at ease.

"So, so nice. He was just chatting and laughing about football and music," the band's Cheylene Murphy said.

"It was great, it was unbelievable. We thought it was going to be a bit awkward but it was so fine."

The band said the response to the video has been phenomenal.

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