Wilfred Ndidi has been tipped as the future captain of the Super Eagles by prominent former Nigerian internationals following his recent stellar performances for both club and country.
The 23-year-old midfielder, who was vice-captain for the national U-17 team in his early days, has been one of the mainstays for Leicester City likewise the national team in recent time.
“Ndidi without any doubt is one of the best in his position across the world at the moment,” former Super Eagles’ striker Daniel Amokachi said about Ndidi.
“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 a European, he would have been getting a better rating across the world.”
Speaking in the same vein, former Tanzania national team coach, Emmanuel Amunike, noted that the Foxes midfielder has shown maturity significantly and should not find it difficult to get a bigger club soon while advising him to take the huge step forward.
Reacting to the rise of Ndidi, 1980 Africa Cup of Nations winner, Felix Owolabi, said the player had shown to be a leader on and off the field of play and always respectful.
He revealed that at the moment, his current club cannot do without him as they always struggle without him on the field. He is also known to be very quiet and private which is sometimes misunderstood but that quality has served him well.
Meanwhile, executive head studios and outside broadcast MultiChoice Nigeria, Felix Awogu, said the former Nath Boys of Lagos player has the capacity to lead the Super Eagles if he continues to perform well.
“He is a future Super Eagles captain for sure,” noted the experienced journalist.
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“Ndidi has become the standout performer in Leicester city but beyond his performance on the field of play, his reserved attitude off the pitch reminds me of the Yoruba word ‘omoluwabi’ because he’s respectful, quiet, educated and loyal to family and country.”
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