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Nwakali: My Creativity, Passing Game Will Come Handy For Eagles At AFCON 2021

Nwakali: My Creativity, Passing Game Will Come Handy For Eagles At AFCON 2021

Super Eagles midfielder, Kelechi Nwakali has expressed his readiness to contribute his quota to the success of the team at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

Nwakali made this known in a chat with Super Eagles media officer, where he revealed that the players are in confidence mood to make Nigeria proud in Cameroon.


The SD Huesca midfielder, who is expected to play a huge part in the team, also stated that he will bring his creativity and passing quality to the Super Eagles at the bi-annual tournament if called upon by the team interim coach, Augustine Eguavoen.

“It has been been good mingling with the Super Eagles players, training with them off and on the pitch, they have been good guys all round. It has been good even he’s my room mate (Chukwueze). We played in the same academy back in Umahia. We played in the Uner-17, Under-20 and few games in the Under-23. But then it has been good between me and Chukwueze.

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“Well, I remember playing under coach Amueneke at the Under 17 level, where he said football is all about time and space. I think that’s one of my best quality as a player and playing under him made me harness it and be more better.

“As a player I know where my strength lies, which is passing the ball and holding the game, and I think if the coach needs me I will be glad to add my input to the team. First of all it’s a team football but as a player I got one of my strongest quality which is passing the ball from a distance.

“This is my first time I am playing under Eguavoen. He is someone who wants the team to play compact football. He always want us to play in numbers once we are attacking. The more you outplayed your opponent in numbers, the more opportunity you have in scoring goals.

“Well, like I rightly said, we came from a country where everybody believe we are suppose to win the competition. But we must understand that other teams also came to win. However, we came to this tournament to represent our country and finish in a flying colours.”

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  • dominic 5 months ago

    Eguavon please put this boy Nwakali against Egypt you will never regret it

    • Douglas John Ufuoma 5 months ago

      hmmm are u sure, so that he can bench either iwobi or aribo. same mistake the coache make against ivory coast in 2006. chief adviser continue ooo, that was how u people advise siasia and olise which make us to lose qualifying to 2012, 2015,2017 nations cup

  • Nwakali, I’m always proud of you and see you as our number Ten.

    Please make Nigeria proud.

    God bless you.

  • Papafem 5 months ago

    I do feel that Emmanuel Amuneke had a tremendous impact on his team, Golden Eaglets Class of 2015. A good number of the players in that team have spoken glowingly of him, especially his discipline and tactical effect on them.

    Speaking to Eagles Youtube channel sometimes ago, Osimhen said,
    “In my own mentality, I felt the coach (Amuneke) didn’t like me. Every time, he would speak to me and yell at me on the pitch. For me, I thought maybe he was making me suffer. There was a time I wanted to leave the camp, I spoke to the coordinator and he told me to be calm that the coach knew what he was doing. For me, I think when you have chosen this path, you have to be disciplined, discipline is the first thing, whether you have a coach or you don’t have a coach guiding you, I think discipline is the first thing. And I am really happy with what I went through with coach Emmanuel Amuneke. Everything I am today, everything I would be in the future, I attribute almost half of my success to him.”

    If you join this with what Kelechi said above and others I’ve listened to , it’s obvious he truly had a grip of his team in terms of tactics and discipline. And now that many of his wards are in the national team now, it. Won’t be out of place of we give him a chance to handle the Super Eagles.

    • PedrĂł 5 months ago

      You are not far from the truth but excepting the sentiment as regards Amunike.
      Amunike doesn’t look like a person that will ever coach any senior national team till he retires…. With U17, he is very good, no one is taking that away from him…Amunike hasn’t gotten the requisite qualifications to coach the Nigerian senior side. He did tried with Taifa of Tanzania where his performance was extremely poor, that is nothing the person for the SE. We will put all that aside and let’s concentrate our attention on how to spurn our boys on to achieve good results in their games.

      • I would like to advise the NFF against continuing with the foreign coach. They should stay put with domestic coaches who understand our league. And for Amuneke, if he was good enough Abia Warriors that is still battling with coaching issues would’ve picked him. To me really, he is just a flash. I wish Nwakali and mates good outing in Cameroon.

        • Emeka Okorie 5 months ago

          For your info, amunike is coach makkassa club in the Egyptian premier league. They are currently 9th on the table. U can’t compare that with abia worriors.

    • @Papafem, my thoughts exactly. Amuneke is clearly a tactically sound coach and a disciplinary. And his teams play beautiful, attacking football – maybe defensively, not so much.

      I really hope Pinnick and his board of jokers allow the new coach Paseiro freehand to select his crew – rather than they imposing Agu, Yobo and co on him again. And I hope Amuneke is his first Assistant.

      • Golden Child 5 months ago

        Amaju: @Kel hold my drink!

        Salisu has already been picked.

    • Orims 5 months ago

      Good suggestion

  • Sunnyb 5 months ago

    Good player, work on ur energy, speed and work more on tracking back, if u can work on those three things listed I will start you over Iwobi anytime. I believed we need to control the midfield to ve any chance against Egypt.4 5 1 which can also be use as 4 2 3 1 remains our best options against the Egyptians

  • In case***”

  • Omo

  • Babad 5 months ago

    From the information i got from a reliable source, omo Nwakali is staking a claim for a first team shirt. He is bossing the midfield.

    • Douglas John Ufuoma 5 months ago

      is it only bossing, while not chairing it. why is it that we keep make one mistake again and again expecting different result. that is how Ruben or what ever they call him was over hype, some calling him world class midfielder were his the guy today, where are those midfielders that Austin used that deny us Olympic, today is Nwakali. hmmm, this disaster u people are preparing will consume all f u. somebody that cannot survive a relegating team, and was send to division one club was not able to make one ordinary assist, same person some persons are saying is bossing abi chairing the midfield were will have iwobi, aribo, this two that have played against world best midfielders and they hold their own. or is it ndidi or onyika that he want to bench.

  • Papafem 5 months ago

    That was one year ago. He’s not been playing that much this season. But I really want him in the SE. Need to see what he’s got to give the team

    • Due to Injuries… complete it. He’s still what he is my man.

      • Douglas John Ufuoma 5 months ago

        when without injury he was send to a lower division a relegated threaten side what was his impact? make una dey fear God ooo

  • Omo9ja 5 months ago

    That is the missing link right there. Oga Rohr thought if you are not playing in top leagues you are not good enough but in reality, football is beyond that because everything have is own time.

    When you see a baller, you will know. When you see a quality player, you will know.

    In Nwakali case, life is a challenge and the young man still looking for a club that he can call a home.

    For sure Mr. Gernot Rohr will regret his actions while he neglected Nwakali.

    On Tuesday, Nigeria will see the difference between our own and foriegn coach.

    Nigerians will enjoy watching good football in this Afcon.

    Ejaria, Dessers, Lookman, Adeleye, are still there to join the team after the Afcon and having these players in Qatar for this year world cup will be lovely. So, welcome on board Nwakali. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Obiweluozo 5 months ago

    Douglas John @ Ufuoma.Just wait and see you will know how Good and a blessing he is very soon when he’s given a chance in the Eagles midfield.He’s just the best we have in the team.Forget, other factors was just stalling his career,I tell you.

    • Douglas john ufuoma 5 months ago

      So it is only the national team he can show case is talent, anyway I wish him good luck