2019 AFCON Qualifiers: Ndidi Ruled Out Of South Africa Clash Over Two Yellow Cards

2019 AFCON Qualifiers: Ndidi Ruled Out Of South Africa Clash Over  Two Yellow Cards

By Johnny Edward:
Wilfred Ndidi will miss Super Eagles’ next 2019 Africa Cup Of Nations qualifier against South Africa on November 17 at the Johannesburg’s Soccer City Stadium over card suspension, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

Ndidi received his second straight yellow card in the qualifying series in Tuesday’s 3-2 win against Libya at the Taïeb M’hiri Stadium, Sfax, Tunisia.

The Leicester City midfielder was cautioned in the reverse fixture in Uyo when the Super Eagles were emphatic with a 4-0 win over the Mediterranean Knights.

A brace from Odion Ighalo and a strike in the penalty box from Ahmed Musa secured the Super Eagles’ hard-fought win over Libya who scored twice through Mohamed Zubya and Ahmed Ben Ali.

Nigeria now leads Group E on nine points, one ahead of South Africa, who were held to a goalless draw by Seychelles in Victoria.

Libya are now third in the group, five points behind Nigeria, while Seychelles have just a point.

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  • Ndidi could find a replacement in Ogu, Mikel or Emwakali. Mikel who missed the two games due to injury will fit perfectly for ndidi who will be ineligible to play having picked up his second yellow card of the qualifiers.

  • Nicolsen 2 years ago

    I believe both yellow cards issued to uzoho and ndidi are unfair and our FA shld do sonething and take it up with CAF to rescind that error frm d ref.

    • Jones 2 years ago

      Ndidi deserved red for lashhing out on the Libyan players face. Did you even watch the match ? It was very unprofessional

  • Mikel Agu will play in Ndidi’s stead.

    • Chairmanfemi 2 years ago

      Here they come again! They are done with Ighalo and have brought up another silly opinion. How can the new Super Eagles think of having a Mikel Agu in him there squad??? What happen to Onazi,Captain Mikel, John Ogu? Mtcheew…If you don’t have any reasonable contribution just shut up

      • Kel, can you just hear how this baboon has just spoken to me all because I made a harmless suggestions.

        If I start now, I will be accused of spitting out vituperation.

        If I start on this lunatic called Chairmanfemi, by the time I am finished peppering him with vituperation, he will be needing recuperation.

        Idiot Chairmanfemi.

  • Not Mikel Agu, Mikel Obi, the captain.

  • This has been my worry. The person that can perfectly hold his position.

    I want us to beat SA seriously next month.

    The 2nd yellow card he collected was avoidable. He should have controlled his anger.

  • Chairmanfemi 2 years ago

    That yellow card was uncalled for and Ndidi should have avoided it. We’ll miss him big time next month cuz he’s a key-figure in the team. He covers a lot of space on the field and executes superb tackles. The problem am having now is who do we think is capable of replacing him?

    Captain Mikel will be back and it will be hard for him to be dropped to the bench considering how well he influences the game with his wealth of experience but he can’t make those runs like Ndidi cuz he’s aging. And another question comes up from this–Will Iwobi be benched for Mikel to start as the No.10 in the game? Considering how well the trio of Ighalo, Iwobi and Musa are now the latest Three wise men.
    One would say Onazi is a good option too but he’s not like the Onazi we all know in 2013/14 he was the then NDIDI. John Ogu another great option. The question now is who and who should compromise of our midfield trio against South Africa

    • It was a stupid yellow card to collect. Ndidi lashed out when he should have walked away. Having said that, we have able deputies to cover for him. Our bench is in a lot better shape than it was during he world cup. My first choice to cover him would be John Ogu. He came on for Etebo with 15 minutes to go and did very well, winning his tackles cleanly and setting up players with clean passes.

      We also saw John Ogu wear the captain armband and play in defence against Libya. Next would be Mikel Obi, could return to cover if he is fit.

      So a midfield paring of John Ogu, Etebo with iwobi playing 10 or Mikel Obi and Etebo with Iwobi playing 10.

      On the bench I would have as ready substitutes Abdullahi Alhassan of Portuguese Premier league side CD Nacional covering John and Real Zaragoza’s Igbekeme covering Etebo.

      Like for like replacements.

      These will be strong enough to see off South Africa and ensure that we do not miss ndidi

  • chuck 2 years ago

    Time for K Nwakali(Best young Midfielder in Nigeria now

    • Kelechi Nwakali cannot even get into Porto B team starting line up. Porto B team is in the Portuguese second division. Meanwhile Alhassan Abdullahi is producing man of the match performances in the Portuguese premier league (CD National).

      Plus Nwakali is an attacking midfielder whilst Ndidi is defensive midfield. Let’s play people in position rather than include them on name in a position they are not suited for not fit to play

  • Birikiti 2 years ago

    I hope Ndidi’s yellow card wasn’t a wilful one so he could avoid going to South Africa in November?

  • Birikiti 2 years ago

    I hope Ndidi’s yellow card wasn’t a wilful one so he could avoid going to South Africa in November?

  • We are in the driving seat now. One point separates Nigeria and South Africa. Our next match will be against South Africa in South Africa. Can we park the bus? I remember Nigeria vs Argentina and we were 1-1 at a point. At that point, we would have parked the bus. Now South Africa is here again. Humility should make us to feel over confident that we will beat them on their own soil. It is possible but it is also not likely. Let us lock up tight. Let us maintain that one point lead and play Seychelles in Nigeria as group leader. We can beat Seychelles in Nigeria but I am sure South Africa cannot Libya in wherever they play especially if it is played in Tunisia. Whatever, two teams are qualifying from the group and most likely Nigeria and South Africa will be qualifying from that group. South Africa should not beat us again.

    • Edoman of NewJersey, USA 2 years ago

      Nigerian should beat South Africa in November. We lost to them at home because Rohr simply under rated the opponent. Mikel wasn’t there and Akpeyi was in goal and he wasn’t good enough. Even South Africa ought to know by now who and what is coming for them. How many games have we lost since then ? and may l ask how many games have South Africa won since then? In reality, we now have ‘the marvelous and the fabulous three’ to wreck any team now in Africa. You may want to know them, in case the South Africans are reading this. They are the Nigeria goal machines. Ighalo + Musa + Iwobi. These fabulous three are capable of bringing the African Cup to Nigeria next year. South Africa will fall in Tunisia to Libya.

      The only problems we may have in Cameroon is our Oldman Rohr who do not know how to read matches very well. He is incapable of knowing exactly when to make a sub during the game. His age is taking toll on his judgment. Rohr may need a young and an able Assistant in the near future if he to lead our team to their fullest potentials.

      • u know u made sense until d last paragraph where u called d gaffer an old man who should get a young assisant;seriously when it comes to tactics subs are meant to keep hold of ur result or get result in case u are behind and i dont see reason y d coach should be going for more goals when he can control d game or didnt u watch his previous matches when sub are getting his goals and i can confidently tell u that rohr is d best since i ve started watching eagles from Clemence era, u ve player fighting for d jersey rather than d money…d coordial relationship in d team d way they prepare for matches has been second to none in a long while so slated him,am so happy for d way we unearth new players for different positions like d case of jamiu who i brought stability to d left back and kalu with his hardwork….

    • Adisboy 2 years ago

      DiCH, Nigeria should not dare go to South Africa and park the bus. South Africa have to win as a draw is not good enough so they are condemned to attack. Saying that Nigeria is unlikely to win in South Africa is very wrong especially with this current team that is ready to win anywhere. Check your history, South Africa have NEVER beaten us in their home ground competitively. Infact in the last 3 times we’ve met them at home we won 2 and drew 1. So i don’t understand why you said it’s not likely. I will to bet we’ll get the 3 points on Nov 17.

  • Sunnyb 2 years ago

    The name is igbekeme, Rohr should pls invite him,this guy can solve half of our problems in that porous midfield of ours..Igbekeme igbekeme igbekeme a true baller. But I know Mr tone deaf Rohr will not invite him, he  would give one flimsy excuse for not inviting the guy.

  • Everyone has spoken well, I love reading comments here daily, it’s a fix for me. Having said that I think we need 2 more players in this team for it to be complete in my opinion and these players are Samuel chukwueze and Igbekeme. Samuel chukwueze bcos currently we don’t have a natural left footed winger capable of creating and scoring goals. He reminds me of one Arjen Robben but GR should gradually introduce him to the team in friendlies. In Igbekeme we have our very own Edgar Davies, this guy will comfortably bench Joel obi as they both play similar roles. This guy is built like a tank and he drives his team. He is an exceptional talent and I believe would easily fit into the SE. I wish I was the U23 coach I would be salivating with the amount of talent I will have at my disposal.

    God bless

  • Some people will be talking as if they were giving the chance they make a difference. Rohr doesn’t substitute on time and doesn’t invite so so players. Don’t how someone will sit comfortable in his house and spew rubbish. If it is easy pls apply for any of NPFL team to start with and let see how u will fare.

  • Ayphillydegreat 2 years ago

    @tayo. There is absolutely nothing wrong in being a sofa analyst/critic LMAO!!! At least it’s meant to bring out the best in you that’s why we’re all here and that’s what makes this forum great. Although there are some comments that are flat out delusional.

    I can’t remember the last time the SuperEagles won a qualifier both home and away even though Libya played on a neutral ground which is just a taxi ride from Tripoli. The SuperEagles emerged victorious on both legs. That is a testament to the good work Gernot Rohr is doing so far with the SuperEagles.

    This simply means that these team is progressing. Critically, I think when the SuperEagles is under pressure it is absolutely imperative for the gaffer to quickly make an adjustment to prevent his team from given up a lead especially when we need the result to either progess to the next stage (Argentina) or to top a qualifying group (AFCON)

    Etebo and Kalu should’ve been replaced around the 60th and 70th minutes. That is my only concern about Rohr, in-game adjustment when the going gets tough. It cost us so dearly at the Mundial and I expect him to have understand that by now. Other than that the coach is a fantastic coach for these SuperEagles.

    However, that doesn’t mean Etebo and Kalu are not superb talents infact they played their parts and contribute immensely to the 6 points. We do not have anything better than both players in their role in the SuperEagles at the moment as well as those the gaffer have been inviting to camp lately.

    Chukwueze is only 19 and just breaking into Villarreal first team while Igbekeme plays in the Spanish Segunda at the age of 23 and you expect them to come in and bench anyone in the current team???? Lord have mercy. Chukwueze is a potential top talent but he will need to progress through the U20 and U23 first likewise the likes of Nwakali, Osimhen, Orji Okonkwo and co.

    What we already have in the SuperEagles at the moment is a progressive collections of youngsters in their early 20s doing well in the top leagues and a backbone of experienced veterans in their mid 20s to early 30s also doing well in the top leagues. If I were the gaffer I wouldn’t tweak a winning squad.

    • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

      Good talk @Ayphillydgreat.
      Really it baffles me when people just start dropping names of players for the coach to invite ahead of crucial qualifier matches, sometimes numbering up to 11. Even the best talents take some time to master a coach’s philosophy…not to talk of unknown dudes that aren’t exceptionally better than the guys in the team presently. Which coach in his right senses experiments with new sets of players in crucial qualifying games…? Even the 24 players we have now still need more games to play together as a team in order to gel and blend satisfactorily into a globally competitive team that can stand up to even the world champs and some people will be clamouring for every jack and harry to be invited. If you think its easy just try teaching 10 people 10 songs and let at least 3-4 of them miss rehearsals randomly back-to-back-to-back and try replacing the absentees all of the times…..then they’ll know why coaches cant just throw love letters to every player especially during the thick of a qualifying series. The only exception would be if the said player is exceptionally outstanding in quality and performance compared to those in camp.

    • Yep, the only on field changes I see are John Ogu to come on for the suspended Ndidi and Onyekuru to start in place of Kalu.

      Igbekeme can be called up to provide cover on the bench or in the squad and can be given a chance to force his way in sane way Kalu, Collins, Onyekuru were. Yes he is second division, but so is Etebo and Collins. If a player is good enough, then he should be given a chance. Second division Spain plays at a higher level than China South Africa or Saudi.

      I agree changes mid qualification are problematic and should be handled carefully. So far we are good up front and attacking wise, we now have a pothole in defensive midfield which can be plugged with the bench. Either Ogu, Mikel Obi or even Awaziem Can cover on the pitch, but the bench needs quality replacements too. And that’s where I have mentioned Alhassan Ibrahim (National Portuguese premier League) and Igbekeme (Real Zaragoza). I believe either of them are good enough

      • Ayphillydegreat 2 years ago

        Etebo and Collins have played top division football recently. Etebo played in the Portuguese and Spanish top division before joining Stoke city. Collins had played in Croatian and Serbian top division before going to 2 bundesliga with Paderbon. Igbekeme has never played any top division football up till now in his career. He had mostly played at Portuguese third tier leagues before coming to Zaragoza now playing in the Segunda. At least Alhasan had played in Austrian bundesliga just recently. Therefore, my brother like Dr Drey said above you must exceptionally talented to displace any player in current squad of call up by Rohr. I’m satisfied with what we have unless you’re exceptionally talented making waves in a top league or club.

        • Not to displace them, the bench takes the field, the new comers sit on the bench as back up.
          It’s John Ogu’s time to shine. Mikel Obi and Onazi if they are fit. We also have Semy Ajayi and Awaziem who can play defensive mid field, plus Henry Iche Agbo who Rohr placed on standby for the Seychelles game.
          There is no cause for alarm. We have 5 players who can take to the field from the squad, we have players who can sit on the bench. And we can have two come in to train with the squad (in case of further injury or to look at them closely).

          Looking at leagues, Igbekeme is producing man of the match performances in his current club this season and is an almost every present in the team. Real Zaragoza is by no means a minnow in the Spanish football set up.

          Semi Ajayi has never played premiership football anywhere either, however, he is regarded as good enough and has carried himself will in the team.
          Premiership football regardless of country is not the only prerequisite. If a player is good enough, it shouldn’t matter where they play. No harm in him joining the squad, training with them to have a closer look at him. He’s not there as a shoe in on the pitch and to get an automatic place

          • Ayphillydegreat 2 years ago

            There’s nothing wrong in joining the squad and train with them, but to displace any of what we currently have, he will have to show me that he’s exceptionally talented. At least Ajayi had trained and played with Arsenal first team. Infact he made Arsenal bench on numerous occasions during the 2014/2015 season in the Premier league. If he was in a club like Southampton or Burnley at the time I’m sure he would’ve played in the Premier league. I will even prefer Ajayi to play Ndidi’s role instead of Ogu or Igbekeme. One player I can really clamor for his inclusion in the midfield is Ovie Ejaria of Rangers.