Super Eagles’ midfielder John Ogu has expressed his frustration after seeing no Nigerian named in the inaugural CAF next XI, positing that the likes of Wilfred Ndidi and William Troost-Ekong deserve a place in the selection, AOIFootball.com reports.
Despite playing at the 2018 FIFA World Cup and qualifying for the AFCON with a game to spare, no Nigerian was deemed fit to make the cut, a decision that has left sour taste for Ogu.
“Let’s put sentiments aside. I can argue this anywhere that Ndidi and Troost-Ekong, even Ighalo should be there. Awards are based on your performance for club and country and not how big of a club you play in. Ndidi plays in arguably the best league in the world.
“How someone comes up here and says clubs they play matters. Like are you kidding me? Ekong and Ndidi had better seasons for their clubs, made it to the World Cup. They had decent performances at the World Cup and you say clubs they play for matter? Aurier, Bailly, Keita all didn’t make it and the latter two are even bench warmers,” Ogu twitted expressing his disappointment.
The Hapoel Be’er Sheva midfielder, however, praised the duo of Ndidi and Ekong, saying he remains proud of them despite the snub by CAF.
“My brothers Ndidi and Troost-Ekong, we are proud of you. I see you guys every day in the national team and I see how dedicated and motivated you both are. I’m super proud of you two. Never stop working. You guys are destined for the top,” Ogu concluded.