Interim coach of the senior national team of Nigeria Austine Eguavoen has explained why Kelechi Nwakali isn’t starring games yet at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
Nwakali has made two substitute appearances so far for the Nigerian team who are through to the round of 16 of the tournament following yesterday’s 3-1 win over Sudan.
Eguavoen was asked about the performance of Nwakali and he called for patience as he believe the Huesca midfielder is still trying to find his feet in the team.
For now he is sticking with Joe Aribo who has good chemistry with Wilfred Ndidi due to the fact that they have played together for a sustained as period of time.
“More patience I’d say. He has been a fringe player in and out of the team now we have given him all the confidence to come in and not to start the game because Aribo is being there, good understanding with the team and with Ndidi in the middle of the park”, Eguavoen explained.
“Ndidi actually hasn’t played with Kelechi so it’s a little bit difficult to just change the team’s formation so that’s what it is.
“Kelechi we all know is a good player, we expect more than this from him. When he settles down you can see better football from him. He didn’t do that badly and when you lack match rhythm it also affects but I think he performed well.”