Spanish Segunda Division side SD Ponferadinna have announced the signing of Nigerian Midfielder, Kelechi Nwakali, ahead of the 2022/2023 season.
Nwakali was a free agent following the termination of his contract at another Spanish segunda division side Huesca in April this year and has penned a deal to remain in the Spanish second division.
The club statement announcing Nwakali’s signing via the SD Ponferadinna official website read:
” Kelechi Nwakali (Owerri, Nigeria, 1998) is a new player for SD Ponferradina. The new Blue and White midfielder will thus continue his career in LaLiga SmartBank, in which he has competed in the last two seasons with AD Alcorcón and SD Huesca.
“Kelechi began his career at the Diamond Football Academy in his country. His qualities caught the attention of Arsenal FC, who signed him for their under-23 team in 2016. Later, he played on loan at MVV Maastrich in the second division of the Netherlands and at VVV Venlo, with whom he competed in the Dutch top flight.
“In the 18-19 campaign he joined FC Porto, who enrolled him in their B team. For the following campaign he departed Arsenal FC and began his career in Spanish football. SD Huesca signed him which saw the club gain promotion to LaLiga Santander.
“After making his debut in the top flight in the 20/21 season, in the winter market of that year he joined AD Alcorcón on loan, where he became a regular starter and participated in 18 games. Last season, back at SD Huesca, he played in 19 league games and 2 Copa del Rey games. In addition, he is a full international with Nigeria. ”
Kelechi Nwakali now joins a third Spanish Segunda club having already featured for Alcoron and Huesca where his contract was controversially terminated in April.
Nwakali will hope his performances at SD Ponferadinna catches the attention of new Super Eagles Head Coach Jose Paseiro for a National team return having last featured for Nigeria at the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon.