Ahead of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, former Nigerian midfielder, Emmanuel Amuneke has advised Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr to search for a player that can be a perfect replacement for Wilfred Ndidi in the senior national team.
Ndidi, who has become the team’s number one defensive midfielder since his emergence in the Super Eagles, played a vital role in Nigeria’s qualification for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
While other positions in the Super Eagles appear to be competitive, the position of the Leicester City star seems to be less challenged by any player.
With the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers fast approaching, there are concerns that in Ndidi’s absence due to injury or unforeseen circumstances, the Super Eagles may be exposed.
Speaking with Completesports.com, the Atlanta Olympic gold medalist stated that the technical crew of the Super Eagles must search for a player that would give Ndidi serious competition for his position.
“Wilfred Ndidi remains one of the best defensive midfielder players Nigeria has ever produced. His level of maturity with the senior national team has made him an indispensable player under Gernot Rohr. Aside from that, we can attest to his great performance with Leicester City in the Premier League.
“However, there is a need for the Super Eagles to have someone that can give him competition in the team just like we have in our attack where the likes of Victor Osimhen, Kelechi Oheanacho, Paul Onuachu, Simy Nwankwo, Terem Moffi, and Sadiq Umar are banging in the goals in Europe and giving Rohr serious selection headache. That id the type of competition with need in the position so that when situations of injury arise, such player can fix it easily.
Ndidi has since been capped 38 times for his country including three times at the 2018 World Cup in Russia and helped the Super Eagles finish third at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
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