Stanley Nwabali: Nigeria and Chippa United Goalkeeper Responds to Transfer Rumours

Stanley Nwabali: Nigeria and Chippa United Goalkeeper Responds to Transfer Rumours

Edwin Kiplagat
April 4, 2024 at 8:21 PM
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  • Stanley Nwabali has attracted plenty of interest since the 2023 AFCON
  • The Nigeria goalkeeper has been linked with clubs in and out of Africa
  • The Chippa United goalkeeper has responded to the transfer rumours

Stanley Nwabali was one of Nigeria's standout players at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year.

The Chippa United goalkeeper was linked with a move away from the South African side, but an offer never arrived.

Nwabali has spoken about the rumours which linked him with a move to QPR and Steven Gerrard's Al Ettifaq.

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Stankey Nwabali could leave Chippa United at the end of the season. Photo by Ulrik Pedersen/DeFodi Images.
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Nwabali dislodged first-choice goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho, instantly becoming Nigeria's star at the 2023 AFCON in Ivory Coast.

He started every game and kept four clean sheets, but the Super Eagles suffered a painful defeat in the final against the hosts.

Despite the loss, Nwabali emerged from the tournament as a hero for the Super Eagles, who made an unexpected run to the final.

His performances have seen him linked to clubs like Belgian side Royale Union Saint-Gilloise, Al Hilal, Saudi Arabia's Al-Ettifaq, Kaizer Chiefs, and Queens Park Rangers in England, per Afrik-Foot.

Nwabali addresses transfer rumours

Speaking to Far Post, Nwabali cleared the air about the transfer rumours.

“You see, to be honest, I’ve never seen anything on my table ever since AFCON,” he said.
“So I don’t know if there’s something on the table maybe waiting for towards summer or transfer window. You know most clubs always do this. When they show interest, you’re opening the way to some other clubs."
“So, some people always keep it a secret, and when they get you, they get you once. For now, I know nothing.”

Nwabali has kept nine clean sheets in 20 DStv Premiership matches this season.

Rufai on Nwabali

Sports Brief earlier reported on Nigeria's legendary goalkeeper, Peter Rufai, backing Nwabali to become the Super Eagles No. 1 goalkeeper.

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

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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.