Arsenal youngster, Kelechi Nwakali has commented on his performance during his non-competitive debut for the Super Eagles, saying it’s up to coach Gernot Rohr to make a final decision as regards to naming him on the 2018 World Cup squad.
Nigeria were defeated by Atletico Madrid 3-2 in a friendly played on Tuesday, at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo.
Nwakali, who scored the first goal for the Super Eagles B team against Atletico, believes Rohr will make the best decision on the final 23-man squad he will take to this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
”It was a good game, I didn’t expect it from our team because we trained only three days before the game,” Kelechi Nwakali told reporters after the match.
”It was a good game despite we lost the game, the team was good, I must commend the team.
”Scoring against the Europa champions was a thing of joy, we thank God for the moment, all we just do is work, keep pushing until we get there.”
On his chances of being named in the Super Eagles World Cup roster, Nwakali said: ”I am not the one to decide, the coach has to decide.
”Like I said before, we have the team to go to Russia and make a statement. As a team we can make it, we have quality players to defend Nigeria and I believe with their mind put to it they will do it.”
Nigeria’s World Cup-bound team will battle Democratic Republic of Congo next Monday in Port Harcourt before traveling to London to face England on June 2 in a pre-World Cup friendly game.