Former Super Eagles and Chelsea ace defender, Celestine Babayaro, has said Wilfred Ndidi of Leicester City did not deserve to be named in the CAF’s Finest XI during the recently concluded CAF Awards because he did not have a better 2018 than the players selected ahead of him
The omission of Ndidi infuriated most Nigerians who are of the opinion that the midfielder did enough in the year under review to earn a spot in the Best XI on the continent owing to his consistent display for Leicester City last season.
However, Babayaro, who also played for another English Premier League side, Chelsea, in his playing days insisted that although Ndidi did very well last season, he still did not do enough like the duo of Thomas Partey and Naby Keita who were voted ahead of him.
“Ndidi didn’t do badly to be honest, but in 2018 Partey and Keita did more mainly due to their involvement in the Champions League and Europa League, something Ndidi didn’t have with Leicester last season,” Babayaro said. “
If we are to be fair, that gave them an edge over Ndidi who didn’t do badly. Nigerians should understand that we dominated this award in time past and we will no doubt do same in the future with the wave of young talents coming through,” he added.