Stanley Nwabali gets grand welcome from Chippa United fans in South Africa

Stanley Nwabali
Stanley Nwabali

Super Eagles goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali has been given a grand welcome by fans of his South African club Chippa United after his exploits at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) held recently in Cote d’Ivoire.

Videos and photos of the heartwarming reception given to the 27-year-old went viral on social media on Wednesday.

A stunned Nwabali appreciated them for showing him love despite concerns he would be received with hostility following the Super Eagles’ encounter with the Bafana Bafana of South Africa at the AFCON semi finals.

Amid the alleged threats made to him, Chippa United stood behind their player and wished him well.

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“The club wishes to extend its congratulations to Stanley Nwabali for his extraordinary achievement in reaching the AFCON 2023 finals and for also earning the Man of the Match award,” a statement by the club said after the Eagles defeated the Bafana Bafana.

“Our support for you remains steadfast. You have represented the Chippa United brand admirably, and we are immensely proud of you.

“We will be rooting for you in the Finals this Sunday against the host country, Cote d’Ivoire. We wish you all the best.”

Nigeria lost 2-1 to host Cote d’Ivoire at the finals.