Stanley Nwabali: Super Eagles Goalkeeper Shares Cryptic Post Ahead of AFCON Clash vs Angola

Stanley Nwabali: Super Eagles Goalkeeper Shares Cryptic Post Ahead of AFCON Clash vs Angola

Ero Samson
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Stanley Nwabali’s availability for the Africa Cup of Nations fixture against Angola is in doubt
  • The shot-stopper was stretchered off during the round of 16 match against Cameroon
  • The goalkeeper has shared a cryptic post on social media amid doubts of his availability

Nigerian football fans are eagerly awaiting news on the potential participation of goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali in the crucial Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) quarter-final clash against Angola.

The Chippa United shot-stopper sustained a knee injury during a collision with forward Georges-Kevin Nkoudou in Nigeria's intense round of 16 match against Cameroon.

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Stanley Nwabali controls the ball during the Africa Cup of Nations match between Nigeria and Cameroon. Image: Issouf Sanogo.
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The diagnosis of the 27-year-old's injury has become a significant talking point among Super Eagles fans, particularly after a video surfaced on social media showing Nwabali training seemingly without any visible signs of pain.

As anticipation builds regarding the goalkeeper's availability for the showdown against Angola's Palancas Negras, Nwabali has added a touch of intrigue by sharing a cryptic post on social media, subtly hinting at his potential readiness for the quarter-final fixture.

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Nwabali shares cryptic message

The former Enyimba goalkeeper, who is still undergoing rehabilitation and hasn't rejoined full training with the rest of the squad, turned to social media to share a cryptic message.

“Thanks to everyone who checked up and showed disquiet in one way or another at this strenuous time. I appreciate it. We’re all human, and anything is prone to happen. Onto the next one! ❤️🇳🇬”

While the goalkeeper's words convey gratitude and a sense of reassurance, they also carry an undertone of concern, emphasising the human vulnerability to injuries of this nature.

The post has sparked varied reactions, with many followers posing probing questions in the comments section.

@therealdaddymo1, unimpressed by the cryptic tone, wrote,

"Are you playing against Angola or not? Why speak in riddles?"

@HopeRemy echoed similar sentiments, saying,

"Enough of the cryptic messages. Are you fit now? Will you be playing on Friday, or do we need extra prayer time in church?"

In contrast, @Emperorpapillo offered words of encouragement, saying,

"Thanks, champ! Your consistent performances haven't gone unnoticed. Let's beat the Angolans and go all the way to lift the coveted trophy with God on our side!"

Nwabali's availability for the upcoming clash against Angola remains uncertain. The Super Eagles' medical team, as previously reported by Sports Brief, has provided minimal information to clarify the severity of his injury.

Super Eagles medical staff on Nwabali

In another report, Sports Brief disclosed that a medical staff member of Nigeria's Super Eagles had provided an update regarding Stanley Nwabali's potential availability for the match against Angola.

The anonymous medical professional emphasised that the circulated video showcasing the shot-stopper's return to fitness was merely a fitness test, underscoring that the goalkeeper underwent separate training sessions from the main group.

The source also stressed that Nwabali's availability would be closely monitored, and any public announcement regarding his status would be made only after careful observation.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).