FC Porto of Portugal midfielder, Kelechi Nwakali has charged players in Nigeria’s under-17 national team, Golden Eaglets to ensure they play collective football at the upcoming African cadet championship.
Speaking to the players during a surprise visit he paid to the squad’s camp in Abuja, Nwakali, who captained the 2015 set to gold at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile, reckoned that only team work will bring glory.
He admonished the lads to avoid selfish play during all their matches at the Africa U-17 Cup of Nations, which start this Sunday, when Nigeria face hosts, Tanzania in the opening match in Dar-Es-Salaam.
The fair-skinned most valuable player at Chile 2015, who is on loan at Porto from Arsenal of England, added that all the players must ensure they listen to their coaches and follow all instructions to the letter.
Nwakali stated: “Ensure you remain disciplined because as a player you need to listen to your coaches and all the backroom staffs.
“You must play as a team because if you play for yourself it will affect your chances and the team’s overall performance.
“The most important thing us playing as a team to have one objective and qualify for the World Cup.”