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Ndidi rated 2021 third best EPL player

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Nigeria and Leicester City midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi has been rated as the third best player in the Premier League in 2021, according to a ranking by the CIES Football Observatory.

The vacuum cleaner has been exceptional in his role in the middle of the pack for Leicester City this football season in the English topflight. 

With 85.3 points, he ranks behind Jorginho Frello (89.5 pts, Chelsea) and Rubén Dias (89.4 pts, Manchester City).

Indeed, the Super Eagle regularly stands out in areas such as interceptions and tackles. He has outperformed the likes of N’Golo Kanté, notes Foxesofleicester.com. In fact, during the 2020/2021 season, the Nigerian international (34 caps) won 53 aerial duels and made 89 tackles. 

The Lagos native also prevented no less than 7 shots.

Ndidi is 13th overall in the five major European leagues. The Football Observatory combines qualities such as accuracy, shooting, retrieval, distribution, handling and random creation. 

However, only players who have played at least two-thirds of the minutes since 1 January are included.

And Ndidi, who has played ten games in the English Premier League this year, has played 852 minutes. The former Genk spearhead (24 years old) has one goal and three assists to his name.

No wonder fans of England’s Big 4 clubs are salivating over his prowess. Nevertheless, the midfielder, transferred from Genk for 17.6 million euros (11.5 billion FCA), is under contract until 2024.

Wilfried Ndidi will be a valuable asset to Gernot Rohr in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, having qualified for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday. The Super Eagles are in Group C, along with Cape Verde, Liberia and the Central African Republic.

But in the meantime, Wilfred Ndidi has a reputation to uphold in the Premier League. 

The Foxes are third in the Premier League behind Manchester City (71 pts) and one point behind United (57 pts).

CAF opens investigation into Ghana League match referees assault

CAF says it has noted with concern the ‘unacceptable’ news of the assault of match officials in Ghana during a First Division match between Might Royals and Tano Bofoakwa in Wamafo a few days ago and have called for investigation.

CAF General Secretary, Veron Mosengo-Omba strongly condemned the assault on the match officials and called for a full investigation on the matter.

“The image and integrity of football in Africa is very important. Part of this is the complete respect of match officials and the role they play in our football. 

“It is important that match officials feel they are completely protected and are free to apply the FIFA Laws of the Game without fear or prejudice. 

“The reports coming from Ghana where match official were assaulted are completely unacceptable. This behaviour has no place in our football and cannot be tolerated. CAF wishes the match officials a speedy recovery,” Mosengo-Omba said.

“CAF is liaising with the Ghana Football Association to get a full report on what transpired on the way forward.

“CAF is treating this matter with the seriousness and urgency it deserves.

“CAF has appealed to all Member Associations to ensure that CAF Safety and Security Regulations are fully implemented in all matches,” CAF said.

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