Despite Not Playing Since March Ex Arsenal Star, Kelechi Nwakali Made It Into The Nigeria Squad

Former Arsenal midfielder Kelechi Nwakali, who has
not played club football since March, has been
named in Nigeria’s squad for this month’s Under-23
Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

The 21-year-old’s loan spell at FC Porto’s B side
last season was cut short due to visa problems,
while struggles with work permit has left him
inactive since quitting Arsenal for Spanish second
division side SD Huesca in early September.

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Nwakali whose last club appearance was as a late
substitute for Porto B against Cova Piedade on 17
March,

Coach Imama Amapakabo included the 2015
Under-17 World Cup and Golden Boot winner in his
21-man squad for the continental finals, which will
also decide Africa’s three teams for the 2020 men’s
Olympic football tournament.

Amapakabo has picked a squad dominated by
overseas-based players including Liverpool’s Taiwo
Awoniyi who is on loan at German Bundesliga side
Mainz, Watford’s Tom Dele-Bashiru and Bright
Enobakhare of Wigan Athletic on loan from
Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The three goalkeepers for the finals in North Africa
are all home-based players, while İstanbul
Başakşehir midfielder and 2016 Rio Games bronze
medallist Azubuike Okechukwu will captain the
side.

Defending champions Nigeria will play Ivory Coast,
Zambia and South Africa in that order at the Al
Salam Stadium in the capital Cairo.

Here are the Nigeria’s 21-man squad

Goalkeepers:

Adamu Abubakar (Wikki Tourists);
Mohammed Galadima (Nasarawa United); Kingdom
Osayi (Giant Brillers)

Defenders:

Olisah Ndah (Remo Stars); Samuel
Atavti (Esperance, Tunisia); Valentine Ozornwafor
(UD Almeria, Spain); Sincere Seth (Boluspor,
Turkey); Josiah Chukwudi (Spartak Tranava,
Slovakia); Anthony Izuchukwu (Nest Sotra, Norway);
Bitok Stephen (FC Isloch, Belarus)

Midfielders:

Sunusi Ibrahim (Nasarawa United); Aliyu
Yau Adam (Spartak Jurmala, Latvia); Muyiwa
Olabiran (Tambov, Russia); Kelechi Nwakali
(Huesca, Spain); Ndifreke Effiong (Akwa United);
Sunday Faleye (Wacker FC, Austria); Tom Dele-
Bashiru (Watford, England); Azubuike Okechukwu
(İstanbul Başakşehir, Turkey)

Forwards:

Orji Okwonkwo (Montreal Impact,
Canada); Taiwo Awoniyi (Mainz 05, Germany); Bright
Enobakhare (Wigan Athletic, England)

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