Christian Nwabali has kept seven clean sheets in fifteen games for Chippa United in the DSTV Premiership in South Africa this season.
Super Eagles and Chippa United goalkeeper, Christian Nwabili was left unsatisfied with his performance in Nigeria’s 1-0 win over Ivory Coast at the Stade Olympique Ouattara, Soccernet.ng reports.
William Troost-Ekong’s well-drilled shot from the spot kick made all the difference as Jose Peseiro’s men held on for all three points against Jean-Louis Gasset’s Ivory Coast.
Nwabali, 27, was drafted into the Super Eagles squad after the coach, Jose Peseiro, went to watch him in action for his club side before the former Lobi Stars goalkeeper was included in his eventual 25-man list.
There were questions over who would take over the number one spot as the Nigerian team headed to Ivory Coast, considering the consistent errors from Francis Uzoho.
The Portuguese coach opted to start Nwabali in goal in the opening Group game against Equatorial Guinea, and although largely untested, showed good signs with his calmness, ability on the ball and how he commanded his back-line.
The 1.97m tall goalkeeper made three crucial saves to secure a clean sheet and deny the hosts a chance to equalize as Nigeria got all three points in the hugely anticipated clash, but the goalkeeper was not happy with his performance.
“No, I’m not happy. I feel I should be doing more for my country, so I don’t feel it was a great game for me, or how my game usually is. I’m happy for the team’s win, but my performance is unlike me. I want to play the ball more, be more confident, and enjoy myself,” the 27-year-old told Soccernet.ng after the game.
Nigeria will play their final group game against Guinea-Bissau next week Monday as they look to seal qualification from Group A.