Wilfred Ndidi has been tipped as the next Nigerian to win the African Men’s Player of the Year award, should the Midfielder’s performance continue to improve.
Ndidi was nominated for the top prize in the 2019 CAF Awards, but the Nigerian only polled two votes in the 30-man shortlist.
He also missed out on a place in the FIFAPro Africa Best XI, with three-man midfield composition made up of Hakim Ziyech, Riyad Mahrez and Idrissa Gueye Gana.
In his remarks about Ndidi’s omission from the Best XI former Super Eagles and 1994 African Player of the Year, Emmanuel Amuneke said, “I think Ndidi deserved to be there to be there, speaking without bias or even subjectively.”
“We’ve seen him week in week out, but he can’t feel downcast now. He should keep doing what he is doing and we won’t celebrate just his nomination but perhaps him winning the award,” Amuneke told www.brila.net.
No Nigerian has won the African Men’s Player of the Year award since Kanu Nwankwo in 1999.