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Kelechi Nwakali is in no rush to force himself into the Nigeria national team and is prepared to wait for his chance, making sure he’s ready to take it when it arrives.
Nwakali was initially sent to VVV Venlo on loan at the start of the season but he opted to re-join MVV Maastricht in January.
At Venlo for six months, he was offered an extension but said ‘no’. Initial reports claimed Arsenal were cancelling his loan move, but that wasn’t entirely accurate.
“Kelechi was on loan at Venlo from Arsenal. It was a six-month loan and when the six months ran out, Kelechi had to move,” his representative, Emeka Amairiaku said.
“He had opportunity to extend his Venlo stay for yet another six months but he said no
“He had been at Maastricht before so he knows the club, the environment”.
It might be a while before we see him in an Arsenal shirt due to work permit problems, but Nwakali will be one worth waiting for. He is expected to return to Arsenal this summer when the club will attempt, once again, to secure a permit for him ahead of the new season.
“I’m happy with my progress thus far even though it might be slow. I will continue to work hard and wait for my time in the Nigeria national team,” he told CompleteSportsNigeria.com.
“The guys in Super Eagles deserve their place in the team and are doing extremely well. All I need to do is keep working hard and wait for my time. I am not in a hurry to play for Super Eagles.
“I strongly believe my time will surely come because I still have long years ahead of me as a player. I am impressed with what coach Rohr have been saying about me; that should give me the right push to step up my game to reach my potential.
“I’m happy at Maastricht at the moment most especially now that the club has qualified for the play-offs,” Nwakali added. “We will keep working hard until our promotion dream comes to reality.”