Chidiebere Nwakali will be named in Man City’s squad next season. Nwakali signed for Manchester City on 20 January 2014. He is however yet to make a first team appearance. It is understood that the youngster will have to wait for a UK work permit before he can play for the senior team. His senior brother, Allwell says that the Premier League club has plans for the 19-year old.
“The only thing stopping Chidiebere from playing for the Manchester City first team is work permit. Manchester City have plans for him because he was here (in Nigeria) for just a week and they called him back but in the end, they will be the ones to decide where he plays.”
Interestingly, Chidiebere Nwakali is represented by Pere Guardiola, the younger brother of new Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola.
Nwakali signed a four-year deal with Manchester City from Shuttle Sports Academy on 20 January 2014, He had won the golden boots at the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup. He was also a part of the first team’s pre-season tour to USA in July.
Nwakali was loaned to Málaga CF on 31 January 2015 where he was assigned to the reserve team in the Tercera División. He made his senior debut on 22 February, starting in a 1–0 home win against Antequera CF.
On 31 August 2015 Nwakali was loaned to Segunda División side Girona FC, in a season-long deal. However, he had to wait until 5 October to be officially available, due to a work permit.
On 31 March 2016 Nwakali terminated his loan with the Catalans, after failing to play a single minute for the club, and immediately joined Tippeligaen side IK Start. On 2 April he made his professional debut, coming on as a second-half substitute for Mathias Rasmussen in a 0–1 home loss against Viking FK. He is expected to feature for Nigeria in Rio.