ABUJA, Nigeria – The president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has named Wilfried Ndidi as the most committed Super Eagles player.
In an interview with Sports Extra, Pinnick hailed the Leicester City midfielder’s patriotism.
Ndidi has been an ever-present player in the national team, since he make his debut in 2015 and has made 34 appearances since then.
Pinnick said: “I don’t joke with (Wilfred) Ndidi. The same way he plays for Leicester City is the same way he plays for the Eagles that is patriotism.
“We’ve seen players who play for the national team protecting their legs when they play for the Eagles but give all to their clubs.
“However, we are happy with the crop of players in the Eagles today because they give their all. We have lots of players coming in to play for the national teams.
“We play quality matches and are not scared of playing the big names. We‘ve played Brazil, Argentina, England, Poland, Serbia and in Africa, we have played Senegal, Cameroun. We are not scared and that’s the Warri spirit in me. People come to me and say ‘President, how are we going to play these people? I simply tell them, ‘it’s 11-11 a side.’”
Ndidi is currently out of action, after suffering a relapse in his latest knee injury.
The 23-year-old had made a remarkable recovery last month, returning to action only 12 days after an operation to remove a piece of floating bone from the meniscus.