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How Labour Strike Nearly Messed Eagles’ Preparation For Bafana - Ndidi Reveals

Posted by Samuel on Thu 06th Jun, 2024 -

Ndidi in an interview with NFF TV, decried the situation that hindered the full complements of the team to arrive on time at their Uyo camp with only 15 out of the 23 invited players training on Monday.

Wilfred Ndidi

Wilfred Ndidi, the midfielder for Leicester City, holds the belief that the strike organized by Organised Labour on Monday has had an adverse impact on the Super Eagles' readiness for tomorrow's vital 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier against South Africa's Bafana Bafana in Uyo.

Ndidi in an interview with NFF TV, decried  the situation  that hindered the full complements  of the team  to arrive on time  at their Uyo camp  with only 15 out of  the 23 invited players training on Monday.

“To be honest it(labour strike)has affected preparation because normally we ought to have started training on Saturday but few days have gone but we are yet to achieve that and I think it has affected the team in some way,” the 27-year-old said.“ By now, we supposed to know what we are doing regarding how to approach the game but we haven’t been able to do that.

“But with more players in camp it would be great addition for us to prepare better,”
he noted.

The  Labour strike  notwithstanding,  the former Genk Midfielder  remains  optimistic that the Super  Eagles will give a good account of themselves on Friday since  would be up against South Africa who would be eager to avenge their semi –final loss  to Nigeria at the 2023 AFCON held in Cote d’Ivoire.

He continued: “The way we performed at the AFCON has raised our standards and the expectations are now really high. I think we still have most of the players that played at the AFCON and the new head coach was there with the team as well. We just need Nigerians support and we will do our best. We know that the two games are very important but we must focus on the South African game first. It is that outcome of that game that will give us the confidence to go for the game.
“Playing the South Africans again after facing them at the AFCON makes it more difficult for us. They will come for revenge. We are expecting that,” he noted.

 “It is not going to be an easy game because the Bafana Bafana when they looked back at the outcome of the game in February, where we knocked them out in the semi-final, it will be a difficult game and an interesting game,”
he added.

Meanwhile, Ndidi has  called for the support of Nigerians on Friday to ensure that they are able to navigate their ways against a tough South African side.

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