Stanley Nwabali Shuts Down Rumours of a Possible Exit From Chippa United

Stanley Nwabali Shuts Down Rumours of a Possible Exit From Chippa United

Edwin Kiplagat
February 27, 2024 at 8:50 AM
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  • Nigeria star Stanley Nwabali has responded to transfer rumours
  • The goalkeeper has been linked with a move away from Chippa United
  • Nwabali was one of Nigeria's standout performers at the 2023 AFCON

Nigeria goalkeeper, Stanley Nwabali, is finally back at Chippa United following the conclusion of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast, earlier this month.

Nwabali was one of Nigeria's best players at the tournament, in which they lost in the final to hosts Ivory Coast.

The 27-year-old has broken his silence about rumours that have linked him with a move away from Chippa United.

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Stanley Nwabali is having a good 2023/24 season at Chippa United. Photo by Issouf Sanogo.
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The goalkeeper rose to superstardom in Ivory Coast after becoming Nigeria's No. 1. He dislodged Francis Uzoho from the lineup and never looked back since.

His performances caught the eyes of many clubs in Africa and abroad. Several clubs in the DStv Premiership, including Kaizer Chiefs, were mentioned as a potential destination if he left Chippa United.

In Ivory Coast, he kept four clean sheets and started every match in the Super Eagles' impressive run to the final.

His penalty saves against South Africa garnered him widespread admiration from Nigeria fans across the world.

Nwabali responds to transfer rumours

Speaking in South Africa, he dismissed reports that he had received offers to leave Chippa United.

"I only see offers online; maybe some of my friends screenshot, like, bro, this offer is coming, but to be honest, I have never seen an offer on my table. To be honest, I haven't seen any offer," via Mahlatse Mphahlele.

Nwabali's future at Chilli Boys is still unclear. The club recently signed new goalkeeper, Darren Johnson, from the University of Pretoria. This means the Nigerian could be heading towards the exit door.

The South African side acquired Nwabali from Nigeria Premier Football League side Katsina United in 2022, and has become one of the first names on the team sheet.

This season, Nwabali has registered seven clean sheets in the PSL in 15 matches, per Afrik Foot.

Rufai on Nwabali

Sports Brief earlier reported on Nigeria legend Peter Rufai saying Nwabali deserves to be the No. 1 goalkeeper for the Super Eagles.

The 1994 AFCON winner said that Nwabali has done enough to become the nation's starting goalkeeper over Francis Uzoho and Maduka Okoye.

“He has proven himself beyond every reasonable doubt based on what he has achieved within the space of three weeks of the tournament."
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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.