Nigerian young midfielder Kelechi Nwakali during an interview with the BBC has revealed that he had serious doubt about his ability as a footballer and if he could cut it the highest level of football after missing one year action due to paperwork issues while on loan at Portuguese side Porto and when he recently joined present club Huesca.
The 22-year-old Kelechi Nwakali was the winner of the Golden Boot award at the 2015 U-17 World Cup in Senegal 5 years ago, he was signed by Premier League giants Arsenal after his exploits at the junior World Cup bt never featured for Arsenal senior team as he was shipped out thrice on loan before final signing for La Liga side Huesca.
“There was a time, I was having doubt in myself, I wondered if I was not up to it anymore,” he told BBC Sport Africa.
“It was difficult mentally not playing for a year, so going through all of that and coming on the internet to see someone say, I am gallivanting, was hurtful, I was bothered.
“A lot of Nigerian fans had the impression that I am just sitting in Nigeria doing nothing.
“It is a new beginning, I have had my ups and downs, but this is the time to make it right again, this is the time to get it back on track. I felt bad that things are not moving the way I want them to and the way I have planned, but not because I was seeing my colleagues doing well.
“I have come to understand that people just want to be where it is moving fast and well, but life is about ups and downs, sometimes we just have to bring back our human feelings and support each other when things aren’t going well,” Kelechi Nwakali added.
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