Golden Eaglets captain Kelechi Nwakali is eager to follow the footsteps of his older brother Chidiebere who won the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2013.
“I was in the pre-World Cup training squad in 2013 but I didn’t make the squad that went on to win the trophy,” Kelechi said in an interview with FIFA.com.
“My brother Chidiebere was there, though, and of course I felt proud and happy for the other players.
“I had to train at the academy and it would have been impossible for me to go. I didn’t have any contact with him during the tournament because he had to focus on playing. Obviously, I watched all the games on TV though.”
Eighteen months younger than his sibling, Kelechi was not even at home to welcome the returning hero, with football once again the culprit:
“I was away playing in a tournament and I only saw him a week later. We spoke about everything and he said that what drove him on the most was his desire to make the people of Nigeria happy.”
Now the current Nigeria playmaker is burning with the desire to also win and return home as a hero from Chile.
He added: “We came here to retain the trophy. We want to win the title and we haven’t come for anything less.”
After topping their group and spanking Australia 6-0 in the round of 16, ghe Eaglets have raised expectations back home.