EXCLUSIVE: Why I Haven't Played For My New Club Yet – Nwakali
By Olamide Fadoju
Nigeria U23 International, Kelechi Nwakali has blamed his inability to quickly secure a resident permit for his failure to make his debut for Spanish based club, SD Huesa, since completing a move from Arsenal in the summer.
Nwakali made this revelation in an exclusive chat with our correspondent Abdallah Sharif who also doubles as the team's media officer in Abuja.
The former U17 world cup winning said his work permit hitch is being sorted out and he is ready to taste action for his new club when he returns to Spain after Afcon U23 in Egypt.
“After signing for Huesca they have started playing league games but because I didn’t have a resident permit in England, it took a long time to start the process. They needed a lot of things they needed me to get a police report even from Nigeria for me to get a Spanish resident permit.
“I believe everything is in place now. I believe before the end of the competition in Egypt, everything should be ready when I go back I will start playing with the team.
Nwakali also refuted rumours that he is being isolated from the team and added that he is yet to even train with them.
“I have seen a lot of people saying I am not getting a good light from my club even some people saying they got it from Spanish journalists that I have been playing with the team but I have not been getting games. That’s a total lie.
"I have not trained with the team so I don’t know how they expect me to play with the team. I have to keep fit, playing with the national team so that when everything is ready, I can fit into the team immediately."
On the Olympic Eagles preparations ahead of Afcon U23 in Egypt, the attacking midfielder noted he and his teammates are ready to make a mark for themselves as the aim is for the team to qualify for Japan Olympics next year.
"I believe the competition will be a good one for all of us as a team and the main aim of going to Egypt is to qualify for 2020 Tokyo Olympics."
The Dream team VII are expected to depart Nigeria on Thursday to Egypt for the Afcon U23 showdown.
Additional Report by Abdallah Sharif