Ndidi playing for Leicester City in 2017
|Full name||Onyinye Wilfred Ndidi|
|Date of birth||16 December 1996|
|Place of birth||Lagos, Nigeria|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Nath Boys Academy|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:12, 14 May 2018 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 June 2018
Onyinye Wilfred Ndidi (born 16 December 1996) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Leicester City and the Nigeria national team as a midfielder. He is known for his versatility and can play across the back line and in midfield.
During the Belgian League play-off game against Club Brugge, Ndidi scored a long-range goal, which was named the goal of the season in the Belgian league. After receiving an attempted-clearance outside the penalty box, he lofted the ball smoothly over an opposing player before unleashing a ferocious volley into the top right corner. The ball was adjudged to be travelling at over 111 km/h.
Ndidi made his debut for the club on 7 January 2017, in a 2–1 win against Everton in the third round of the FA Cup. He made his first Premier League start on 14 January 2017 against Chelsea at home in a 3–0 defeat. In the English FA Cup game against Derby County on 8 February 2017, Ndidi came on in the first half of extra time and scored his first goal for Leicester through a long-range shot. In a 3–1 win over Liverpool on 27 February 2017, Ndidi won 11 of his 14 tackles, a feat bettered only by Chelsea's N'Golo Kanté who made 14 tackles against the same club in January.
Ndidi got his first career red card in a 3–0 loss to Crystal Palace on 16 December 2017 – which also happens to be his birthday.
Ndidi was part of the Nigerian youth setup during his time at Nathaniel Boys of Lagos. While playing the African U-17 Championship with Nigeria, he was excluded along with two other players from the competition as a precaution, following an MRI age test that suggested he was just slightly above the threshold. Notwithstanding, he joined up with his teammates in the U-20 team the following year, forming the bedrock of the midfield. He was called up to the Senior Nigeria national football team on 8 October 2015, making his debut in the friendly game against DR Congo, and playing again a few days later in the 3–0 win against Cameroon, when he replaced John Obi Mikel in the 63rd minute.
He was selected by Nigeria for their 35-man provisional squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
- As of match played 28 April 2018
|Genk||2014–15||Belgian Pro League||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||6||0|
|2015–16||Belgian Pro League||36||4||5||0||0||0||2||0||43||4|
|2016–17||Belgian First Division A||19||0||3||1||0||0||12||2||34||3|
|Leicester City||2016–17||Premier League||17||2||2||1||0||0||4||0||23||3|
- Statistics accurate as of match played 26 June 2018.
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