AFCON 2021: Ndidi unbothered by CAF best players recognition

"I just want to play football, enjoy the game, improve myself and try to help the team," the Leicester City midfielder added.
Super Eagles player, Wilfred Ndidi

Super Eagles player, Wilfred Ndidi


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Super Eagles’ midfielder Wilfred Ndidi on Saturday revealed that he is not bothered after being listed among the Best Players of the Group Stage at the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

Ndidi was among the Nigerians who were recognised for their outstanding performance in the Group Stage of the competition.

Super Eagles’ wing forward Moses Simon also made the list following his superlative performances for his team.

The competition’s Technical Study Group (TSG), while releasing their Best of the Group Stage on Saturday, picked the Nigerian for the left forward position in the Best Eleven.

He was picked ahead of Egypt’s Mohamed Salah and Senegal’s Sadio Mane who could only make it to the substitutes bench on the list.

NAN also reports that Simon’s teammate and captain, William Troost-Ekong, also made the list, being named for the right side of the centre-back positions.

Coach Austine Eguavoen was also recognised for his team’s performance of winning all their three games so far by being named the Best Coach of the group stage which ended on Thursday.

On the recognition by the TSG, Ndidi said he wasn’t really excited about the accolade, adding that he was more focused on the game and helping the team achieve the desired goals.

“I don’t really bother about these things.

“I just want to play football, enjoy the game, improve myself and try to help the team.

Also speaking on the difference between the 2019 team and the current team, Ndidi noted that though the team was still the same, however, the mentality and style had changed.

“It is the same team, but different philosophy. Its just the fact that our current manager (Augustine Eguavoen) made us understand and made everything simple and basic.

“To just believe in ourselves and also gave us the push and the freedom to express ourselves. But in as much as we have that freedom, we have to also play for the team.

“So, that’s the difference between the 2019 and this team,” he said.

Nigeria will file out with three wins from the group phase campaign in a win-or-burst AFCON round of 16 encounter against the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia at the Stade Roumdé Adjia in Garoua, Cameroon.

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