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Kelechi Nwakali Sacked By SD Huesca

Spanish second division side, Sociedad Deportiva Huesca, SD Huesca, has sacked Super Eagles midfielder, Kelechi Nwakali.

The former Arsenal player was part of the Super Eagles squad that played at the 2021 African Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

Nwakali is said not to be on good terms with the team’s coach, Xisco Muñoz, which forced the club to terminate his contract.

Nwakali’s contract with SD Huesca was initially expected to expire at the end of the ongoing season before the Spanish second division side who are currently 11th on the log made the decision on Tuesday, 5 March.

The club made the announcement with the photo of the Nigerian player posted on their official Twitter account.

Kelechi Nwakali was handed his competitive Eagles and AFCON debuts in Cameroon by then-interim head coach Austin Eguavoen, where he made three appearances, one of which was a start against Guinea-Bissau.

He then failed to return to the club nine days after Nigeria crashed out of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

Reports say the player had been on a collision course with the team’s coach ever since and was also reported to have rejected an opportunity to move to Burgos.

Nwakali has also had several disciplinary issues with the team and had a frosty relationship with the coaches.

When did Kelechi Nwakali join SD Huesca?

The Nigerian midfielder joined SD Huesca in 2019 and has appeared in 19 matches this season, playing a total of 1060 minutes with no goals or assists.

Nwakali started his career at the Diamond Football Academy in Nigeria.

After his fine performances at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup, in which he won the Golden Ball Award, he signed with English Premier League side Arsenal.

At Arsenal, he never made a first-team appearance but was sent on loan to Netherlands’ 2nd Division side, MVV Maastricht, Dutch Side, VVV-Venlo and Portuguese Club, Porto’s Team B before being sold to the Spanish side.

Sports Brief/Maxwell Oyekunle

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