Super Eagles and Leicester City star Wilfred Onyinye Ndidi has revealed that former international team mate and captain, Mikel Obi is his idol, the sportsbay.com reports.
According to the former KRC Genk tackler though he likes to be his own man, he also learned a lot from playing alongside Mikel while appreciating the qualities of the former Tianjin Teda midfielder as a defensive midfielder.
“I have always been crazy about Mikel. The way he plays is amazing. In Nigeria, when I and my friends talk about players, we always want to talk about Mikel. He is so important for Nigerian football. I actually liked one player outside of Africa [when I was younger], that’s Ricardo Kaka.
“Mikel is my idol. He is the only player I know I cherished in that DM position. You can’t just get the ball from Mikel. You have to work very hard. The qualities he possesses stand him out anyway for me. I grew up watching him at Chelsea and I must say he was a gem during his time there,” the soft-spoken AFCON bronze winner stated.
Ndidi further revealed that his father didn’t want him to be a footballer as he wanted him to go to school.
“My father was not really into football because of his Military job. Ndidi he told the Leicester Mercury.
“My dad watched it on the television on few occasions but he didn’t want me to play football. Despite him being a soldier, he still never want me to follow in his footsteps. He just wanted me to go to school. I did miss out on schooling because of football. Since my dad’s military life came with lots of postings and distance away from the family, I took that opportunity and moved to Nath Boys Academy without his knowledge.
“This time, going to school became totally off my mind because I trusted my abilities. He only got to know when Nigeria called me for the 2013 African U-17 Championship. That time, he gave me fatherly blessings and full support,” he said.
Ndidi made this debut for the Super Eagles in 2015 under Coach Sunday Oliseh after representing Nigeria at the 2013 African U-17 Championship.
Meanwhile, the sportsbay.com had earlier reported that Ndidi revealed that his wife Fortunate who has been with him before he became successful in his career is his biggest critic.
The 23-year-old Leicester City star has praised his wife for his success on the field. “My circle of friends is very small, and they are people who are straight in their assertions.