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Can Kelechi Nwakali Revive His Ailing Super Eagles Career?

 It is no longer news that former Golden Eaglets and Flying Eagles captain Kelechi Nwakali signed as a free agent for Spanish Segunda Division club Deportiva Ponferradina.

After an acrimonious divorce from his previous club Huesca also in the Spanish second division, Nwakali is now seeking a fresh start with this club based in the autonomous community of Castile and León.  

At a time when most fans had lost faith in Nwakali due to his erratic movements from one club to another without making any meaningful impact since his 2015 Under-17 World Cup exploits, most fans are indifference to the news of his latest transfer. 

Coach Eguavoen briefly helped to revive his Super Eagles career with an invitation to the ill-fated 2021 Africa Cup of Nations campaign.

Nwakali showed glimpses of his fading qualities but he was once again plunged into international football wilderness after Nigeria's exit from the tournament due to his troubles and eventual sacking at Huesca. 

Now with Nigeria having a new coach and Nwakali finding a new home, will his national team career witness a new lease of life? 


Nwakali is still one of the most potent dead ball specialists of the Super Eagles. He is a gifted center midfielder with a wide range of delicate and creative long passes. 

Should he pick up from where he left off in Huesca, then he might yet fulfil his fast fading potential in national team colours.

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