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We will get better as competition progresses, says Ndidi

Super Eagles’ defensive midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi has urged his teammates to do more if they were to excel in this year’s Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) holding in Egypt. Ndidi posted a sterling performance that earned him the Total Man of the Match award against Burundi on Saturday.

The Leicester City of England player described the first half of the encounter as very poor because the Eagles gave too much room to the Swallows of Burundi to operate.“We didn’t start well; it was really poor in the first half and I think we can actually do better. Eventually, we did better in the second half but we still need to do more.

“The match was difficult because in the first half we allowed them to play more and they started gaining confidence and it was difficult for us to actually come back into the game,” he said, adding that the improved performance after the break gave them the 1-0 victory.

Meanwhile, the Executive General Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility of Total E&P Nigeria, Vincent Nnadi agrees that the game was a very tough one for the Eagles, adding, however, that his joy was that Nigeria triumphed eventually. Nnadi, who presented the MVP award to Ndidi on behalf of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the Egypt 2019 AFCON, said, “No doubt, the game was tough for us and a very exciting one as both sides created chances and luckily Nigeria won by one goal.

“Total is a great friend of Africa and we feel obliged to be part of this development, especially for the teeming youths. “One area we need to actually do that is in sports, and in which sport? It is football. So, we will continue to do that, as we know best.

“The women’s tournament is also being sponsored by Total, so we are really involved in the African football. Africa is part of our major areas of operations,” he said.

On his experience in Egypt, he said: “It is really a great discovery for me and my wife; our first time in Egypt. And it is a great discovery to see the level of development in this country.

“It’s an amazing country with amazing infrastructure. We will definitely use this opportunity to feed our eyes and compare it with my dear own country. I have made friends and I will make sure I move around to explore the environment and see what awaits me in this beautiful Mediterranean city of Alexandria. I would have also loved to visit the great pyramids,” he stated.

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