Nwakali rules self out of World Cup


Arsenal youngster, Kelechi Nwakali, has admitted he may have lost the battle to break into the Super Eagles’ World Cup squad.

Nwakali, 19, was Most Valuable Player as Nigeria won the FIFA U17 World Cup in 2015.

On loan at Dutch side, VV Venlo, the midfielder has given up hope on making the Mundial in Russia.

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 Complete Sports.

“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.”

Nwakali has played 34 times for Venlo, scoring thrice.