Belgian club Genk have finally decided Nigeria star Wilfred Ndidi will not leave for the Rio Olympics, which starts next week in Brazil.
Earlier this week, it was even reported the highly-rated defensive midfielder had joined the Nigeria Olympic team at their training base in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
However, representatives of Ndidi had told AfricanFootball Genk will take a final decision on the player after last night’s UEFA Europa League qualifier against Cork City of Ireland.
But following a slim win ( 1-0 ) over Cork City, Genk are now faced with a daunting task in the return leg in Ireland against earlier expectations they will easily go through to the next round of the competition.
It was learnt that Genk have thus confirmed Ndidi will not be joining the Olympic team after all. Efforts to reach the player proved abortive, but a reliable source confirmed that the Belgium Goal of the Year winner will no longer be part of the Olympics.
"Naturally he is disappointed, but we have advised him to take it in good faith and wait another 4 years since he is still young," said one of his handlers.
Ndidi who won the goal of the season for his spectacular long range strike has been linked to joining premier league side Watford