In a wide-ranging interview on the NFF TV, Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has revealed his affection for the generational talents of Cristiano Ronaldo and Mikel Obi.
Blunt, fair, and honest, the Super Eagles midfielder provided quickfire answers to a series of questions around and outside football.
After wondering when people would stop pitting PSG star Lionel Messi against Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo, Ndidi voiced his preference for the Portuguese icon.
While it was difficult for Ndidi to rate any of Austin Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu higher than the other, the Foxes midfielder did not hesitate in picking former Chelsea ace Mikel Obi over former Super Eagles head coach Sunday Oliseh.
Ndidi noted his appreciation to Oliseh, who gave him his national team debut, but he confessed he did not see the ex-Juventus midfielder play.
The Leicester City ace included Napoli striker Victor Osimhen in his all-time 5-aside Super Eagles team, alongside former Wolverhampton Wanderers stalwart Carl Ikeme. The team also has Mikel and Okocha in midfield while Joseph Yobo and Kenneth Omeruo handle the defence.
Outside football, Ndidi expressed his affection for Davido and Falz the Bad Guy.
Below are the excerpts of the interview.
Invite a teammate to dinner. Who? Kelechi (Iheanacho) all day.
Davido, BurnaBoy, or Wizkid?
To be fair, I chose Davido. But I like Wizkid. I like BurnaBoy. I just chose Davido.
If you are not playing football, what would you be doing?
Top 5 all-time music acts on your playlist?
Falz the Bad Guy. Tuface. Wizkid. Davido. And BurnaBoy.
Messi or Ronaldo?
I like Messi. I like Ronaldo. But Ronaldo I like more.
Kanu or Okocha?
I like both. Legends, I like them.
Mikel or Oliseh?
I never watched Oliseh. I idolised Mikel while growing up. But I came across Oliseh as a coach. He invited me first to the national team. I’m very grateful for that.
I like him as a person but I didn’t watch him play. I only watched Mikel play.
Ndidi’s all-time 5-aside Super Eagles team
Goalkeeper: Carl Ikeme
Defenders: Joseph Yobo and Kenneth Omeruo
Midfielders: Mikel and Okocha
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Fierce gun battle in Idumota as hoodlums clash, streets, markets deserted [Video]
Idumota on Lagos Island is boiling as heavy gunshots have been witnessed in the area following bloody clash between rival hoodlums.
The incident began last night and spread to Friday morning, with hoodlums seen with dangerous weapons, such as cutlasses, guns, fighting themselves.
Some people have been feared killed in the gun-battle. Areas such as Idumota, Kosoko, Oluwole, Martins and Balogun have been deserted as street urchins engaged in bloody clash.
Security reports said there is heavy gunshots and serious fight on Lagos Island as Area boys were fighting themselves.
People have been warned to stay away from Lagos Island right now as the fight spreads to other areas, while officials of the Rapid Response Squad, RRS, and Task Force are trying to restore calm to the area.
The popular Idumota Market has been deserted as traders ran for their lives.
According to EONS Intelligence, as at 9,00am, the crisis in Idumota has escalated.
It said: “Violent attacks accompanied with sporadic shootings in Idumota area of Lagos State as hoodlums from the area clash with hoodlums from Kosoko/Oluwole, Martins and Balogun. The situation in the area is currently tensed.”
Footages on Twitter showed residents running helter and skelter, with sporadic gunshots heard. Hoodlums with cutlasses were also seen in the footages.
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New defence spokesperson to Media: Help sustain troops’ morale
Major General Jimmy Akpor, the director of defence information has asked the media to assist in sustaining the current morale of troops deployed to various operations across the country.
According to Akpor, this would enable the troops to effectively defend the territorial integrity of the country as well as win the ongoing war against insurgency in Nigeria.
He stated that this would be the modest contribution of the press to national security.
Akpor spoke after assuming office on Friday at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja.
He said, “Bearing in mind that National Security encompasses the ability of our nation to protect its citizens, economy and other institutions, the Military with other security agencies, have been at the forefront of maintaining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the nation as well as facilitating economic, political and energy security, amongst other aspects of national security.
“Permit me to bore you with one of the Components of Fighting Power; the Morale Component, which enables personnel to fight efficiently, braving all difficulties while carrying out their constitutional roles.
“The Press, our press, must therefore do its part (as you have always done), in sustaining the morale of the citizenry and especially the morale of the military, along with other security agencies, as it deals with the contemporary security challenges that bedevil the nation.
“Fostering the morale of the fighting troops, the morale of the military, would remain your critical contribution to national security as members of the Press.”