Stanley Nwabali Declared Fit for Super Eagles Friendly Games With Ghana, Mali

Stanley Nwabali Declared Fit for Super Eagles Friendly Games With Ghana, Mali

Chukwu Ikechukwu
March 12, 2024 at 10:37 AM
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  • Stanley Nwabali is expected to be fit for Nigeria’s upcoming friendlies
  • The Chippa United goalkeeper picked up an injury over the weekend
  • Nigeria is set to face Ghana and Mali in the March international window

Nigeria received a mega boost ahead of their international friendly games against Ghana and Mali later this month as goalkeeper, Stanley Nwabali, was cleared fit for both games.

The 27-year-old suffered an injury scare after he picked up a knock and was substituted in the DStv Premier League game against Mamelodi Sundowns while in goal for Chippa United.

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Stanley Nwabali has been cleared to play in Nigeria's friendly games against Ghana and Mali later this month. Photo by Issouf Sanogo.
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According to Afrik-Foot NG, fears of Nwabali missing both games against the Black Stars and Eagles have now been eased as Nigeria's first-choice goalkeeper has been declared fit.

The Super Eagles, still searching for a new coach, will face Ghana on March 22 in Marrakesh, Morocco, before taking on Mali four days later at the same venue.

Nwabali rose to Nigeria’s number-one choice at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, putting up several impressive performances in the country’s run to the final, keeping four clean sheets in seven games.

Enyeama proud of Stanley Nwabali

Meanwhile, former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, said Nwabali came at the right for the national team following Nigeria’s previous struggles with getting quality goalkeepers, Naija News reports.

Prior to the 27-year-old’s breakout in the Super Eagles, Maduka Okoye and Francis Uzoho had faced the proverbial stick from Nigerians owing to their poor performances while in goal for the national team.

Enyeama prayed Nwabali’s good form would continue as he outlined the fact that the Chippa United goalkeeper has proven there was no curse on the Super Eagles goalkeeping department since his retirement.

Nwabali backed to remain first choice

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Peter Rufai is rooting for Nwabali to remain as the Super Eagles' first-choice goalkeeper following his outstanding performances at the 2023 AFCON.

Before the AFCON in Ivory Coast, the Chippa United goalkeeper had only had two caps for the national team before being picked by Jose Peseiro as Nigeria’s number one ahead of Uzoho.

Rufai, who won the AFCON in 1994, claims Nwabali is performing ahead of Uzoho currently and should retain his position as first-choice goalkeeper in subsequent Super Eagles games.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..