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‘There were no fruits i didn’t sell’ – Super Eagles and Leicester City player Wilfred Ndidi speaks on how he struggled while growing up

Leicester City and Super Eagles player Wilfred Ndidi, has narrated his childhood struggles and how he sold fruit for his mum to feed the family

Born and raised in Lagos, Ndidi, whose father was a soldier, said he had to battle through selling fruits on the streets of Lagos while navigating his father’s ”hostility” towards his football aspirations.

According to the 23-year-old Ndidi, he had to help his mum sell fruits and food in order to sustain the family while he kept playing football and hoping for a breakthrough.

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Ndidi rose to prominence featuring for Nigeria at the 2013 Fifa U20 World Cup in Turkey before he was signed by Genk of Belgium, then in 2017 he joined Leicester city for £17m and he is now one of the first names on the team sheet for both club and country.

Speaking to the Out of Home Podcast, Ndidi said;

“Though we had some ups and downs and trying to meet up with some bills, I was always there for my mum,”

“My mum was a food vendor and I supported her by hawking. I don’t regret that because growing up was really tough because it was all about survival. There were no fruits that I didn’t sell.

“I was the market boy and I was known mostly for selling groundnuts because it comes out every season. Just name them – I sold peppers, tomatoes and avocado. We basically sold fruits that came with different seasons. All these were done to survive in the military zone and outside.”

On several occasions, Ndidi said he got punished for playing football.

“It was difficult because my dad wanted me to go to school but there was no money,” he continued.

“What made it easier for me was that when he was transferred out of Lagos. I had the freedom because when he was around, if I go out to train and he gets home before me, I have to explain where I was coming from. When I tell him I went to play football, I get whooped.

“There was a time I got whooped with a cow skin ‘Koboko’ and it was like a tattoo on my body. I couldn’t wear my shirt because when I put my clothes on, it becomes sticky and it’s painful. It was a military kind of discipline.”

Unlike other kids, Ndidi says he never had a chance to train with his age group,

“Growing up, I didn’t get a chance to play more with my peers because they were training in the evenings while the bigger guys were training in the morning. I was training with the bigger guys but just for ten minutes because I was too small,” he added.

“They always put me in when everyone is tired and also for them to be able to give me the training bibs to wash and bring the next day.

“My mum kept complaining because I didn’t have the time to wash them because I had to go hawk for her, but before I return, she would have washed them. That was the routine until I left my mum for Nath Boys.”

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Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante leaves fans in shock as he rocks new hairstyle on training return (Photos)

Football fans were left in total surprise when Chelsea and France footballer, N’Golo Kante showed off his new hairstyle when he returned for training sessions.

The central midfielder, who’s known to always rock a bald look, became a trending topic on Twitter when photos of his new hairdo emerged online.

Netizen football fans had a field day online after the former Leicester City star showed up for the Blue’s first training session with a full head of hair amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

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The 29-year-old French midfielder had always rocked a bald look ever since joining the Premier League with Leicester in the summer of 2015.

But on Tuesday, he was spotted with a full head of hair as he made his return to Cobham for group training with his fellow teammates.

Former Manchester United defender, Ashley Young, who now plays for Inter Milan in Italy also returned to training with a head full of hair.

Here’s how people have been reacting,