Nwakali Excited About Super Eagles’ Display Despite Loss

Kelechi Nwakali has shown his gladness about the display of the Super Eagles’B team in Tuesday’s 3-2 GOTV Max Cup

Kelechi Nwakali has shown his gladness about the display of the Super Eagles’B team in Tuesday’s 3-2 GOTV Max Cup friendly defeat to Atletico Madrid at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium.

Nwakali was one of the outstanding players for the Salisu Yusuf’s team in the clash where he scored one of Nigeria’s goals.

“It was a good game from our team, I didn’t expect this kind of performance from our team because we came only three days to the game,” the Arsenal midfielder sa8d in his post-match interview.

“We thank God for the opportunity from the coach. The team build-up and play was awesome.”

On his brilliant goal against Atletico Madrid, Nwakali said: “It was a thing of joy for his achieving the feat. We will work harder and keep pushing until we get there.”

Nwakali’s sublime hit from range in the 31st minute gave the Super Eagles B team the lead but Angel Correa restored parity for the newly crowned UEFA Europa League champions a minute later.

Fernando Torres came on as a second half substitute to make it 2-1 for Atletico Madrid in the 64th minute before Usman Mohammed levelled scores for the Nigerian side after bamboozle the Atletico defence with lovely foot work in the penalty area.

Borja Baston sealed the win for Atletico Madrid five minutes from time, firing in off a defence-splitting pass.​

Nwakali also played down his exclusion from Nigeria’s provisional squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

“The coach decides who he picks and I believe he has a right to do so.”

On the chances of the Super Eagles at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Nwakali said Gernot Rohr’s side possess quality players to deliver in Russia.

“We have the players to succeed in Russia if they put their mind to it,” he added.

Super Eagles continue World Cup warm up with 2-3 defeat against Spanish club Atletico Madrid

Nigeria’s senior football team, the Super Eagles this evening locked horns with Spanish top tier football club, Atletico Madrid in

Nigeria’s senior football team, the Super Eagles this evening locked horns with Spanish top tier football club, Atletico Madrid in Uyo for the GoTV MAX cup.

Nigeria’s Kelechi Nwakali opened the scoring in the 32nd minute but the lead did not last long. Atletico’s Angel Correa equalized for his team almost immediately in the 33rd minute.

Atletico and Spain legend Fernando Torres playing his last game for the club put his team ahead early in the second half before Usman Mohammed equalized for the Super Eagles with a terrific solo effort.

Atletico however had the last say in the game as Borja‘s late goal in the 85th minute ensured the game ended 2-3 in favor of the visitors.

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Wenger Debate: Who Replaces Him? What Next For Iwobi, Nwakali?

Long-serving Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger announced on Friday that he will be leaving at the end of the season, throwing

Long-serving Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger announced on Friday that he will be leaving at the end of the season, throwing up several questions.

Wenger, 68, has been at Arsenal since 1996 and won three English Premier League titles as well as a record seven FA Cups. He also led the Gunners to that unforgettable unbeaten league run in the 2003/2004 season.

One of Wenger’s greatest legacies has been his trust in youth and in African players. Very few coaches have promoted youth or signed as many African players as Wenger in the Premier League.

The likes of Nigerian legend Nwankwo Kanu, Cameroon great Lauren Etame Meyer, Cote d’Ivoire stars Kolo Toure, Emmanuel Eboue and Gervinho will forever be grateful to the Frenchman.

Currently, one of Nigeria’s Russia 2018 World Cup hopes Alex Iwobi owes his rise to Wenger, who trusted the academy player and promoted him to the senior side in 2015.
Iwobi, now 21, has not looked back since and sees Wenger as a father figure. Will the next Arsenal manager trust and be as patient with Iwobi as Wenger has been with the youngster? Will the new coach persist with Iwobi, who has already played 34 games in all competitions this season, even after inconsistent performances that come with youth?

How about Kelechi Nwakali who only on Thursday told Completesportsnigeria.com that his future rested on Wenger giving him a chance? How will Wenger’s departure affect the former Golden Eaglets FIFA U-17 World Cup winner who is on loan at Dutch club MVV Maastricht?
What is next for Wenger? How best should he be honoured by Arsenal? How will Arsenal cope without him after 22 years? What are Wenger’s Arsenal legacies.

Who should replace Wenger? The German Thomas Tuchel, formerly of Borussia Dortmund? Carlo Ancelotti? Juventus’ Massimiliano Allegri? Any other candidate?

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Nwakali: I Want To Play For Arsenal But Wenger Will Decide

By David Meshioye: MVV Maastricht midfielder, Kelechi Nwakali, who is on loan from Arsenal, says he is in no position

By David Meshioye:

MVV Maastricht midfielder, Kelechi Nwakali, who is on loan from Arsenal, says he is in no position to determine his future but would be waiting on Arsene Wenger to give him a chance when pre-season gets underway in the summer, Completesportsnigeria.com can report

Former Golden Eaglets player Nwakali revealed that his biggest wish in the upcoming season would be to break into the star-studded Arsenal side in the summer, but he would have to wait on Wenger to decide his fate.

Nwakali further revealed that encouraging words from compatriot  Alex Iwobi have given him the right mentality and belief that his Arsenal dream can come true, if he continues to work hard.

The Chile 2015 U-17 World Cup-winning captain said he is looking forward to live that Arsenal dream next summer, adding that he is ready to accept the stiff competition for places at one of the biggest clubs in the world, if given the chance.

“I love to play for Arsenal next season but coach Arsene Wenger would have to decide that, it is not in my position to decide my fate in the summer,” Nwakali told CSN.

“MVV Maastricht have helped out in developing my career and I have had a nice season here but Arsenal is a great side and it will be an honour to wear that jersey next season, but I cannot really determine if I will be staying back at MVV Maastricht next season or not.”

The Arsenal youngster’s second loan spell at the Dutch second-tier outfit ends this season.

Nwakali is tied to Arsenal until the summer of 2021. MVV Maastricht are ninth in the table with 49 points from 36 matches.

 

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Sub Osimhen Fires Blanks In Wolfsburg Draw, Nwakali Loses With Maastricht

By James Agberebi: Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen was in action for 10-man Wolfsburg who were held to a 0-0 draw

By James Agberebi:

Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen was in action for 10-man Wolfsburg who were held to a 0-0 draw by visiting Augsburg who also had a player sent off in the German Bundesliga on Friday night.

Osimhen was introduced with 10 minutes remaining in the game which was his 12th league appearance of the season without a goal.

The draw means Wolfsburg are unbeaten in their last three league games (one win, two draws).

Felix Uduokhai was sent off for Wolfsburg in the 86th while Jan Moravek had earlier been sent off for Augsburg on 54 minutes.

Wolfsburg are now 14th on 30 points, three points away from the relegation play-off spot in the 18-team league table.

And in the Netherlands’ second-tier, Nigerian midfielder Kelechi Nwakali, on loan from Arsenal, featured for 90 minutes as MVV Maastricht lost 3-1 away to Jong AZ Alkmaar.

The defeat halted Maastricht’s back-to-back league wins as they are now ninth on 49 points in the league table.

The game was Nwakali’s 14th league appearance for Maastricht so far this season, with three goals to his name.

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Nwakali “Not In A Hurry” For Super Eagles Chance, Eyes Arsenal Return

By David Meshioye:                                   

By David Meshioye:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  MVV Maastricht midfielder Kelechi Nwakali has admitted that current Super Eagles midfielders are ahead of him in the national team pecking order and he is prepare to wait for his chance, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Nwakali insisted that he is not deterred by a slow start at Arsenal, from where he has been loaned to the Dutch club .

“I’m happy with my progress thus far even though it might be slow. I will continue to work hard and wait for my time in the Nigeria national team,” the former Golden Eaglets star told CSN.

“The guys in Super Eagles deserve their place in the team and are doing extremely well. All I need to do is keep working hard and wait for my time. I am not in a hurry to play for Super Eagles.

“I strongly believe my time will surely come because I still have long years ahead of me as a player. I am impressed with what coach Rohr have been saying about me; that should give me the right push to step up my game to reach my potential.”

The 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup-winning captain said he is looking forward to live the ‘Arsenal dream’ next summer, adding that he is ready to accept the stiff competition for places at “one of the biggest clubs in the world”.

“I’m happy at Maastricht at the moment most especially now that the club has qualified for the play-offs,” Nwakali added to CSN. “We will keep working hard until our promotion dream comes to reality.”

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