Wilfred Ndidi and Nigeria are safely through to the Africa Cup of Nations knockout stages after a second straight win at the tournament in Egypt.
The Leicester City midfielder and the Super Eagles were the first country to book a spot in the last 16, Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo heading in a second-half winner in a 1-0 success against Guinea on Wednesday evening.
Added to the three points picked up in the weekend’s 1-0 victory over Burundi, for which Ndidi was named man of the match, and Nigeria have sealed their passage to the knockout stages at the earliest possible opportunity.
Nigeria play their final Group B game against Madagascar, on Sunday, June 30, where they will need a point to secure top spot and a favourable draw in the last 16.
The knockout stages begin on July 5, with the final not played until July 19. If Nigeria go all of the way, Ndidi may not be seen back at City until the week before the new campaign kicks off against Wolves on Sunday, August 11.
Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi helped Nigeria book their place in the knockout rounds of the Africa Cup of Nations following a 1-0 win over Guinea in Alexandria, Egypt on Wednesday.
Ndidi lined up next to former Foxes team-mate Ahmed Musa for the Super Eagles, who beat Burundi in their opening AFCON fixture.
The 22-year-old midfielder claimed the Man of the Match award for his performance in that game, and again played a key role as Nigeria made it two wins from two in Group B.
After a goalless first half, Kenneth Omeruo’s header secured three points for Nigeria, who will now face Madagascar in their final group game.
Gernot Rohr’s Super Eagles have already booked their place in the round of 16 with a game to spare, but will be hoping to go through as group winners with a positive result on Sunday evening (5pm BST kick-off).
Before then, Alex Pașcanu’s Romania will face Germany in the semi-finals of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship.
The Leicester City youngster featured in two of the Romanian’s group stage games and could be in action again in Bologna, Italy on Thursday (5pm BST kick-off).