This is a very big achievement to Kelechi Nwakali and of course to the Nigeria Football Federation as our junior team players are being drafted into senior teams at club level. Kelechi Nwakali, who is now the captain of the Nigeria U20 team, the Flying Eagles, has added to the list of the fast improving Nigerian starlets like his namesake, Kelechi Iheanacho, Isaac success, Musa Muhammed, Alexandra Iwobi, among others who have all been playing topflight football in Europe at the age below 20.Kelechi was 17 when he was voted and awarded the Most Valuable Player in the last concluded World FIFA U17 tournament that was held in Chile last year, although he was equally presented with a bronze medal as the third highest goal scorer for the tournament but was later retrieved from him and given to his teammate, Chukwueze Samuel who also had the same number of 3 goals but was the first to reach 3 goals.
It is a clear fact to football fans that Arsenal FC and Arsene Wenger do give young talented players the opportunity to prove themselves, and as such, Kelechi who just turned 18 yesterday has been promoted to the senior team, age of 18 and above is the prerequisite for any young player to feature in the Premiership.
The 18-year-old posed with Arsenal coach, Arsene Wenger and the former Arsenal and Super Eagles skilful striker, Kanu Nwakwo , Arsenal Legend, Thiery Henry, Arsenal's pass-maestro, Mesut Ozil and Emmanuel Emenike as he prepares to start matches at the Emirates Stadium in London.
"Can't wait to start! @arsenal"