Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have received words of praise from Aberdeen of Scotland midfielder, Chidiebere Nwakali, who believes the array of matches lined up by the soccer governing body for the Super Eagles’ build-up to the World Cup is very commendable.
The older of two Nwakali brothers currently rising through the ranks in Europe recalls the pleasure he had being part of the Eagles’ squad that beat Argentina 4-2 in Krasnodar, Russia on November 14, and believes the team can pull off more shocks at this year’s World Cup with the line-up of friendlies already sealed by the NFF.
Nwakali, who has previously played on loan from Manchester City of England to Sogndal of Norway, further hailed the NFF leadership for putting together quality tune-up matches in their preparations for Russia 2018.
Nwakali was part of the Eagles’ squad for the games against Algeria and Argentina, but did not feature in any of the two games.
He is now hoping that his move to Aberdeen could earn him a spot in a very competitive Eagles’ midfield ahead of the World Cup.
The UAE 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup winner opined that the games will accord the Eagles’ players opportunities to feel of how their opponents will fare when the global competition kick-starts.
“Life in Aberdeen has been very good; I was with the team in Dubai, the coaches and players have been great, so hopefully we can achieve our aim before the end of the season.
“The World Cup is a huge task ahead of us and for us to prepare well we need to play friendlies with teams similar to the teams we would be facing in the group stages.
“The friendly matches are good because to me, every game is a test. For you to pass your test you need to prepare well. So, I would say it’s very good (from the NFF),” Nwakali said.