Super Eagles Coach Jose Peseiro Clears the Air Over Rumours of Rift With Wilfred Ndidi

Super Eagles Coach Jose Peseiro Clears the Air Over Rumours of Rift With Wilfred Ndidi

  • Jose Peseiro has debunked claims that there was a faceoff between himself and Wilfred Ndidi
  • The Nigeria Football Federation earlier stated that Ndidi left the Super Eagles camp following an injury
  • A report claimed that the Leicester City midfielder was unhappy after the manager told him he would play in the center-back position

The head coach of the Super Eagles, Jose Peseiro, has cleared the air over rumours that Wilfred Ndidi left the camp over other reasons apart from injury.

On Thursday, September 22, Nigeria Football Federation announced that Ndidi has returned to his base in England and will not be part of the friendly vs Algeria.

A Nigerian journalist had alleged that the Leicester City man was at loggerheads with the coach who wanted him to play in the center-back position against the Desert Foxes.

Wilfred Ndidi, Super Eagles, Jose Peseiro
Jose Peseiro says there are no problems between himself and Wilfred Ndidi. Photo: Daniel Beloumou Olomo
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In an interview with NFF TV, Peseiro vehemently denied there is no truth in the spurious allegations.

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Peseiro maintained that Ndidi was injured and had to leave the camp and returned to England, where he is expected to receive treatment from his club doctors.

The former Sporting Lisbon manager maintains that he gave Ndidi permission to leave as the player was indeed injured, and there was no need to risk him aggravating the situation.

In Ndidi’s absence, one of Club Brugge’s Raphael Onyedika and Brentford’s Frank Onyeka will be in line to step in as the Leicester man’s replacement.

Ahmed Musa ruled out of Nigeria vs Algeria friendly

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Musa, who recently joined Turkish club Sivasspor, suffered an injury to his left arm during their 2-1 loss to Ankaragucu in a Turkish Super Lig clash at the weekend.

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He was replaced as early as the 19th minute of the encounter as the manager of the side brought on Cameroon winger Clinton N’Jie, who scored Sivasspor’s goal of the game.

Iwobi nominated for English Premier League Player of the Month

Sports Brief earlier reported that Nigerian international Alex Iwobi has been nominated for the September award for the prestigious English Premier League Player of the Month.

The Everton midfielder has been included in a six-man shortlist following his outstanding for the Toffees during September.

Iwobi started two matches for Everton as he also became the provider for their winner against West Ham United, earning him the Man of the Match Award.