Wilfred Ndidi has expressed his delight at being back in the national team following an injury layoff which kept him out of Nigeria’s last two FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
The 24-year-old is one of 23 players invited by coach Gernot Rohr for the fixtures against Liberia and Cape Verde and is just happy to be back with his international colleagues after a period out of the team.
“It feels amazing seeing the players,” Ndidi said about his return to the side following the Eagles’ training session on Wednesday. “Getting that feeling back is really amazing and I’m very happy to be back with the team and we look forward to what we want to achieve in the future.”
Nigeria take on Liberia’s Lone Star at the Grand Stade de Tanger in Morocco on Saturday before hosting the Blue Sharks of Cape Verde in Lagos three days later.
The Eagles on nine points are two points clear of nearest rivals the Blue Sharks and after suffering a shocking reversal to the Central African Republic in Lagos on matchday 3, cannot afford any further slip-ups.
It is a situation Ndidi says the players are all too aware of and have been putting in the work in training to ensure that there is no repeat.
Looking ahead to the clash against Liberia, the Leicester City Midfield enforcer called on Nigerians to not relent in their support for the national team.
“It’s been pretty good, it’s been amazing seeing the players put in the work,” he said of the team’s training in Tangier.
“We’re just trying to prepare for the game, getting the tactics done, learning from mistakes and taking it into the game.”
“We know what we want, we as players we know what we want. They [Nigerians] should just keep supporting us we hope for the best because we’re working very hard so hopefully, we come out victorious.”
Nigeria will need four points from their final two games against Liberia and Cape Verde to ensure a spot in the final two-legged qualifying round next March.