Wilfred Ndidi
Wilfred Ndidi

Wilfred Ndidi Eyeing Nations Cup Return For Nigeria

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has expressed his desire to play at the 2019 Nations Cup Tournament in Cameroon.

Nigeria was crowned champions of the continent in 2013 but have missed the two editions since then.

The Super Eagles are looking to make a return to the competition and are top of their qualification group.

Ndidi who made his debut for the Eagles in 2015 says him and his team are looking forward to wrapping things against South Africa.

The 21-year-old speaking to BBC Sport said:

“We have a big opportunity to return to the Nations Cup and I believe the players can make it happen.

“The World Cup is gone and we’ve been winning games after Russia. It’s an extra motivation to prove that we learned from the mistake of missing the last two tournaments in Africa.

“It is my dream to play in Cameroon next year. My teammates share the same ambition and we have a big chance to make it happen now.”

Nigeria lost 2-0 at home to South Africa in the first game of qualifications but have won three since then.

Odion Ighalo and Francis Uzoho are injured while captain Mikel Obi is yet to feature since the World-Cup. Ndidi is also suspended(accumulated yellows) for the game but the former Genk man is sure his teammates can deliver.

“We’ve suffered some setbacks but that is all part of the game, but I don’t think that is enough to stop us.

“Injury and suspension should not prevent us, it’s been tough because other players at the club will tease you if you don’t play in big tournaments.

“For our careers, our country and fans we should be playing in the Nations Cup and we have to make it happen now.”

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