In a compelling showcase of teamwork and skill, Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi emerged as the Man of the Match during Saturday’s intense Premier League encounter against Newcastle United, drawing praise from his teammate Kelechi Iheanacho. This accolade marks Ndidi’s first Man of the Match award for the season, a testament to his unwavering contributions on the field.
Ndidi, showcasing resilience and form, made his 16th consecutive league start, exhibiting a standout performance that included a crucial assist to Riyad Mahrez in the 20th minute. Leicester City clinched a 3-2 victory, extending their winning streak in the English Premier League. Mahrez, Demarai Gray, and a late own goal from Ayoze Perez secured the triumph for Claude Puel’s formidable side.
After the match, Iheanacho took to Twitter to commend Ndidi, expressing, “Tough game today but we came out with 3 points. Congrats to my brother @Ndidi25 Wilfred onyi’nye Chukwu on being named the man of the match.”
Under Claude Puel’s strategic guidance, Leicester City has demonstrated a consistent upward trajectory in the league, currently positioned eighth with 23 points.
Wilfred Ndidi’s stellar performance extends beyond the domestic league, as he played a pivotal role in Nigeria’s successful qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. While Iheanacho has faced challenges securing playing time at Leicester, his contributions to the Super Eagles’ World Cup qualification underscore his significance on the international stage.