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Nwakali prioritises Arsenal return over Super Eagles World Cup chance

Nigerian prodigy Kelechi Nwakali has set his sights on gaining a place back at Arsenal ahead of fighting for a national team shirt with the Super Eagles.

Nwakali, 19, admits that other midfielders in the Nigeria team setup have gained their place and he will have his chance later, but he is “not in a hurry to play for the Super Eagles.”

“I’m happy with my progress thus far even though it might be slow. I will continue to work hard and wait for my time in the Nigeria national team,” the former Nigeria Under-17 and U-20 told Complete Sports.

“The guys in Super Eagles deserve their place in the team and are doing extremely well. All I need to do is keep working hard and wait for my time. I am not in a hurry to play for Super Eagles.

“I strongly believe my time will surely come because I still have long years ahead of me as a player. I am impressed with what coach Rohr have been saying about me; that should give me the right push to step up my game to reach my potential.”

Nwakali, who captained Nigeria to win the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup, looks forward to helping his Dutch side MVV Maastricht, where he is currently on loan, gain promotion into the Dutch Eredivisie so as to impress the bosses at his parent club, Arsenal.

“I’m happy at Maastricht at the moment most especially now that the club has qualified for the play-offs,” Nwakali.

“We will keep working hard until our promotion dream comes to reality.”

The Diamond Academy product has scored thrice and assisted one goal in 13 league appearances for the Us MVV’ke since joining in January.

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