Veterans rate Ndidi as future national team leader


Aside his sterling performances for club and country, former Super Eagles’ stars, Daniel Amokachi, Emmanuel Amuneke And Felix Owolabi, as well as veteran journalist, Felix Awogu see Leicester City midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi as a natural leader destined to captain the national team in the nearest future.

Speaking about the 23-year-old, Daniel Amokachi said Ndidi has established himself as one of the best in the world, adding, “Without any doubt, he is one of the best in his position across the world at the moment.

“Despite his age, he has shown a lot of maturity, especially in his position as a defensive midfielder, a difficult position at that.

“The most important thing is for him to maintain the form that has gotten him this far in his career. If he had been an European, he would have been getting a better ratings across the world.”

Former Tanzania national team coach, Emmanuel Amuneke, who said Ndidi will not find it difficult to get a bigger club soon, advised him to take the huge step forward.

Reacting to the rise of the former Nath Boys of Lagos player, 1980 Africa Cup of Nations winner, Felix Owolabi, said Ndidi had grown to be a leader on and off the field of play and always respectful.

He argued that at the moment, Leicester City couldn’t do without him as they always struggle in his absence, adding, although he is also known to be very quiet and private, which is sometimes misunderstood, that quality has served him well.

Veteran journalist, Felix Awogu, who is the executive head studios and outside broadcast Multichoice Nigeria, has tipped Ndidi as the future captain of the Super Eagles if he continued to perform well.

“Ndidi has become the standout performer in Leicester City, but beyond his performance on the field of play, his reserved attitude off the pitch, he reminds me of the Yoruba word ‘omoluwabi,’ respectful, quiet, educated and loyal to family and country. He is not the type you see or hear about everywhere. He has always remained respectful and responsible, which is good for him and his team.”

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