Kelechi Nwakali at the 2015 FIFA World Cup in Chile
Former U-17 World Cup winning captain, Kelechi Nwakali has declared himself available for the AFCON U-23 qualifiers in March, reports.
The Porto midfielder told from his base in Portugal, that he would honour any invitation from the U-23 coaches should they send him any.
“If I’m called up for the U-23 qualifiers, for sure I will come because all of us that played through the U-17 and U-20 are still very much within the age bracket.
“I believe it’s very necessary for me to keep playing and developing myself, so if I’m invited for the qualifies, I will surely honour the call,” Nwakali stated.
Having been drawn a bye for the first round of qualifiers last year, the Olympic Eagles will face Libya in a two-legged playoff in March before the winner advances to the final round qualifiers in June. Eight qualified teams will faceoff for the AFCON U-23 championship in Egypt later in the year.
Nigeria is the defending champions of the AFCON U-23 championship after their success in Senegal four years ago where they defeated Algeria 2-1 in the final to clinch the title.