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#Russia2018: Hard Facts You Don’t Know About Wilfred Ndidi

by NDUBUAKU KANAYO

#Russia2018: Hard Facts You Don’t Know About Wilfred Ndidi

Next on our radar is Wilfred Ndidi.  The Leicester City midfielder and Nigerian International is one player that deserves a permanent shirt in the starting line-up, even though so many arguments can emanate to counter that stand.

But In terms of consistency and form, its crystal clear that Ndidi has proven to be the number one choice for the defensive midfield position.  Ndidi who is known for his versatility playing across the back line and in midfield will feature immensely in Russia.

These are 4 HARD  facts you don’t know about Wilfred Ndidi

  1. Wilfred Ndidi (born 16 December 1996), known as Onyinye Wilfred Ndidi, is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Leicester City and the Nigeria national team as a midfielder. Ndidi spent his youth years at Nath Boys Academy in Lagos. Ndidi’s development saw him start out as a forward or striker. He then began to play as a central defender for Nigeria’s youth teams and at the 2013 African U-17 Championship. He won numerous accolades while at Nath Boys.

2. Ndidi was excluded along with two other players from the competition as a precaution, following an MRI age test that suggested he was just slightly above the threshold. Notwithstanding, he joined up with his teammates in the U-20 team the following year, forming the bedrock of the midfield. He was called up to the Senior Nigeria national football team on October 8, 2015, making his debut in the friendly game against DR Congo, and playing again a few days later in the 3–0 win against Cameroon, when he replaced John Obi Mikel in the 63rd minute.

3. He started his career as a Centre-back where he played at the Nath Boys academy. He displayed a wide range of passing and shooting and began to be deployed as a central midfielder for the rest of the season. During the Belgian League play-off game against Club Brugge, Ndidi scored a long-range goal, which was named the goal of the season in the Belgian league.

4. Ndidi got his first career red card on his birthday (16 December 2017) in a 3–0 loss to Crystal Palace. Ndidi won 11 of his 14 tackles, a feat bettered only by Chelsea’s N’Golo Kanté who made 14 tackles against the same club in January. He was crowned Leicester City’s Young player of the year in 2018.

He was selected in Nigeria’s 35-man provisional squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics.  And in May 2018, he was named in Nigeria’s preliminary 30-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

 

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