Stanley Nwabali: Kaizer Chiefs Pull Out of Race to Sign Super Eagles Goalkeeper

Stanley Nwabali: Kaizer Chiefs Pull Out of Race to Sign Super Eagles Goalkeeper

Chukwu Ikechukwu
April 2, 2024 at 2:12 PM
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  • Kaizer Chiefs will no longer attempt to sign Stanley Nwabali next season
  • Amakhosi has been priced out of a deal for the Super Eagles' goalkeeper
  • Nwabali gained stardom after starring for Nigeria at the recent AFCON

Chippa United have slammed a heft price tag on Stanley Nwabali, forcing rivals Kaizer Chiefs to back out from their ambition of signing the Super Eagles goalkeeper in the summer.

The 27-year-old goalkeeper attracted the interest of several clubs around the globe including teams in Saudi Arabia after starring for Nigeria’s Super Eagles at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast.

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Stanley Nwabali in action for Nigeria at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast. Photo by Franck Fife.
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According to BSN Sports, Kaizer Chiefs who were one of the leading clubs interested in Nwabali have backed out of any deal to sign the Nigerian after Chippa United slammed a whopping R30 million as his price tag.

Amakhosi announced on Tuesday afternoon that they might not be able to get the Nigerian International due to his hefty price tag and will look elsewhere for a new goalkeeper.

Nwabali kept four clean sheets at the 2023 AFCON and narrowly lost the Golden Gloves award to South Africa’s goalkeeper Ronwen Williams at the tournament.

Two clubs interested in Nwabali

Meanwhile, Al-Ettifaq of Saudi Arabia and Queens Park Rangers in England have identified Super Eagles goalkeeper Nwabali as a top transfer target this summer, Daily Post reports.

Nwabali is widely expected to leave Chippa United this summer despite having a contract with the South African club until 2026 due to the numerous interests he is receiving from foreign clubs.

The Chippa United was in action for the Super Eagles in the international friendly games against Ghana’s Black Stars and the Eagles of Mali.

Nwabali shuts down exit rumours

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Nwabali has broken his silence about rumours that have linked him with a move away from Chippa United following his exploits at the 2023 AFCON.

The Super Eagles goalkeeper upon his return to South Africa, dismissed reports that he had received offers to leave Chippa United at the end of the season.

Nwbali claims he has only heard of the contract offers online but nothing substantial has been brought to his attention by his agent.

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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..