Wilfred Ndidi

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Wilfred Ndidi
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Ndidi playing for Leicester City in 2017
Personal information
Full name Onyinye Wilfred Ndidi[1]
Date of birth (1996-12-16) 16 December 1996 (age 23)[2]
Place of birth Lagos, Nigeria
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[3]
Playing position(s) Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Leicester City
Number 25
Youth career
Nath Boys Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2017 Genk 61 (4)
2017– Leicester City 120 (6)
National team
2013–2015 Nigeria U20 7 (0)
2015– Nigeria 36 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:11, 26 July 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 07:50, 18 November 2019 (UTC)

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 defensive midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Genk[edit]

Ndidi made his Belgian Pro League debut with Genk on 31 January 2015 against Charleroi in a 1–0 away defeat. He played the first 74 minutes of the game, before being substituted for Jarne Vrijsen.[4]

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.[5][6] The ball was adjudged to be travelling at over 111 km/h.[7]

Leicester City[edit]

On 3 December 2016, Genk agreed a £17 million transfer deal with English champions Leicester City.[8][9] The deal was confirmed on 5 January 2017.[10]

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.[11] He made his first Premier League start on 14 January 2017 against Chelsea at home in a 3–0 defeat.[12] 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.[13] In a 3–1 win over Liverpool on 27 February 2017, Ndidi won 11 of his 14 tackles,[14] a feat bettered only by Chelsea's N'Golo Kanté who made 14 tackles against the same club in January.[15]

Ndidi was sent off for the first time in his career during Leicester's 3–0 home defeat to Crystal Palace on 16 December 2017.[16]

In the 2019–20 season,he scored the opener of the season for Leicester against Chelsea.[17]

International career[edit]

Wilfred Ndidi with Nigeria against Argentina, Uzomedia

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.[18] 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.[19]

He was selected by Nigeria for their 35-man provisional squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics.[20]

In May 2018 he was named in Nigeria’s preliminary 30-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.[21] He was included in the African Cup of Nations 2019 squad[22] and played in Nigeria's first match against Burundi.[23]

Personal life[edit]

In May 2019, Ndidi married his longtime girlfriend Dinma Fortune in Abuja.[24]

In 2019, Ndidi started studying for a degree in Business and Management at De Montfort University.[25]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 26 July 2020[26]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
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
Total 61 4 8 1 0 0 14 2 83 7
Leicester City 2016–17 Premier League 17 2 2 1 0 0 4 0 23 3
2017–18 33 0 3 1 2 0 0 0 38 1
2018–19 38 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 40 2
2019–20 32 2 3 0 4 0 0 0 39 2
Total 120 6 8 2 8 0 4 0 140 8
Career total 181 10 16 4 8 0 18 2 223 15

International[edit]

As of match played 13 November 2019[27]
Nigeria
Year Apps Goals
2015 2 0
2016 4 0
2017 7 0
2018 10 0
2019 13 0
Total 36 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Updated squads for 2017/18 Premier League confirmed". Premier League. 2 February 2018. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Wilfred Ndidi: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Jamie Vardy". Leicester City F.C. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Charleri vs. Genk – 31 January 2015 – Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  5. ^ Football Score (20 April 2016). "Wilfred Ndidi Amazing Goal ● KRC Genk vs Club Brugge KV ● Belgium Jupiler League 20/04/2016" – via YouTube.
  6. ^ "Hanni is Profvoetballer van het Jaar, ook Preud'homme, Bailey, Sels, Ndidi en Simons bekroond".
  7. ^ "Footballeur Pro de l'année: Wilfred Ndidi, auteur du plus beau but".
  8. ^ Seyi Daniels (23 December 2016). "7 FACTS you didn't know about Leicester City new signing Wilfred Ndidi". soccerblitz.com. Archived from the original on 24 December 2016. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  9. ^ "Leicester agree deal to sign Nigeria international Wilfred Ndidi from Genk". ESPNFC.com. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Wilfred Ndidi: New Signing Trains After Finalising Leicester City Transfer". lcfc.com. 5 January 2017. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  11. ^ McNulty, Phil (7 January 2017). "Everton 1–2 Leicester City". www.bbc.co.uk/sport. BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  12. ^ "Match Report – Leicester 0–3 Chelsea". www.lcfc.com. Leicester City F.C. 14 January 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  13. ^ "Ndidi first Leicester goal", espnfc.com, retrieved 8 February 2017
  14. ^ Phil Dawkes (27 February 2017), Leicester City 3–1 Liverpool, BBC Sport, retrieved 3 June 2017
  15. ^ Colin Udoh (28 February 2017), Leicester dynamo Wilfred Ndidi has potential to surpass N'Golo Kante, ESPN FC, retrieved 3 June 2017
  16. ^ Shina Oludare (16 December 2017), Birthday boy Ndidi gets first career red against Crystal Palace, GOAL.COM, retrieved 17 December 2017
  17. ^ "Chelsea Vs Leicester". Premier League.
  18. ^ Baffour, Katherine (15 April 2013). "Three Nigerian Footballers Caught Age Cheating".
  19. ^ "Nigeria v Cameroon Live Commentary & Result, 11/10/2015, Friendlies - Goal.com".
  20. ^ Oluwashina Okeleji (24 June 2016). "Kelechi Iheanacho included in Nigeria's Olympics squad". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  21. ^ Crawford, Stephen (4 June 2018). "Revealed: Every World Cup 2018 squad - Final 23-man lists". Goal. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  22. ^ Shittu, Ibitoye (11 June 2019). "AFCON 2019: Iwobi, Ndidi, 18 other Nigerian stars who will be making debut". Legit.ng. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  23. ^ Okogba, Emmanuel (24 June 2018). "Nigeria v Burundi player ratings: Aina shines, Mikel, Akpeyi underwhelm". Vanguard. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  24. ^ Okoroji, Chidozie (23 May 2019). "Wilfred Ndidi weds longtime girlfriend, Dinma in Abuja". Brila. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  25. ^ Taiwo, Taiye (23 August 2019). "Ndidi: Leicester City midfielder studying business and management". Goal. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  26. ^ "W. Ndidi". Soccerway. Retrieved 11 November 2018.
  27. ^ "Wilfred Ndidi". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 23 June 2018.

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