Saturday, April 01, 2017

Why I disobeyed my father to play football - Wilfred Ndidi

Nigeria and Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has revealed why he played football against his father's wish.

The 20 year old former Genk midfield maestro says he was so passion driven by even ignoring the wishes of his father - a soldier - who wanted him to put his education before football.

“My family were not really into football,” he said.

“My dad watched it on the television but he didn’t want me to play football. He is a soldier, but he didn’t want me to follow in his footsteps, he just wanted me to go to school.

“I did miss out on some school because of football. When I moved to Nath Boys academy then I started to miss out on some of my schooling.

“My family haven’t been over to see me play yet. They only see it on TV.”

Ndidi impressed during a tournament in Lagos, which was attended by European scouts, but it was Genk who made the first move, inviting him to Belgium for a trial.

“I remember kicking a ball around as a child but I was not in any training or anything,” he said.

“I just had a very small ball and I just kicked it around by my home.

“I was 14 when I joined Nath Boys Academy. We played in a competition and a scout from Genk was there. I was 16 or 17 when they came in for me.

“I was offered a trial at Genk and the president of Nath Boys came with me to Belgium for the trials.

“It was very different to what I was used to but before that I had been travelling with Nath Boys and we played in a tournament in Portugal. We had played against Hull City and Celtic, so it wasn’t completely new.”

Source: Vanguard 

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