Wilfred Ndidi, a midfielder for Nigeria, has graduated from De Montfort University in England with his first degree.
In a video interview with Sport Daily, the Leicester City midfielder confirmed this and said that having a degree will give him additional opportunities outside of football.
Ndidi clarified that the commercial and managerial skills he has acquired will be useful when he starts a business once he quits from playing.
He said, “Yeah, I am done. I did like a 10 course class which can enroll me into a proper university degree.”
When Ndidi was interviewed by Sportsmail in 2019, he went into great detail about his desire to further his studies while playing football.
“I have spare time, so instead of sitting and playing FIFA, it’s good to understand the four walls of schooling,” Ndidi told Sportsmail.
“In Nigeria some players want to play football and then they forget about school. But if you do both you can continue with whichever one works out, instead of just hoping for football, football — and then you don’t make it.”
Ndidi also discussed a plan to provide Nigerian kids alternative options than football.
“All my life I wanted to play football and this is my career now but there was pressure from my dad not to go that way because he wanted me to stay at school. He was not convinced I was doing the right thing until he first saw me on television, playing for the Under 17 national team. The population of Nigeria is massive and it is so hard to make the grade as a footballer, so I have a clear vision of a place where you can play football and study, either in Lagos or Abuja.
“I have spoken to my godfather about making it happen. If kids don’t make it in football, I want them to think they can get a degree and work, instead of roaming the streets.”