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AFCON 2023: South Africans warn Nwabali not to return to Chippa United

AFCON 2023: South Africans warn Nwabali not to return to Chippa United

Angry South Africans have warned Nigerian Super Eagles goalkeeper, Stanley Nwabali, not to return to his clubside, Chippa United following his heroics against the Bafana Bafana.

Nwabali, who has been impressive for Super Eagles in the AFCON so far, plies his trade for Chippa United in South Africa.

While speaking on Channels Television on Thursday, former Super Eagles international, Idah Peterside made known the threats.

Peterside said some fans have already told the Super Eagles shot-stopper not to return to Chippa United after the tournament.

He said, however, that there have only been threats, and no violence has been recorded.

It is said that some South Africans are not pleased that the goalkeeper prevented their team from making it to the finals.

Nwabali was excellent during the semi-final clash against the Bafana Bafana in the semi-final clash on Wednesday.

The goalkeeper stopped multiple attempts by South African players during regulation time before going on to save two spot-kicks during the penalty shootout.

Who is Stanley Nwabali?

Stanley Bobbi ‘Bobo’ Nwabali (born 10 June 1996) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier Soccer League club Chippa United and the Nigeria national team.

Personal life
Nwabali was born in Rivers State into a Christian family, and grew up in Port Harcourt. He considers German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer as his role model.

Club career
In 2019, Nwabili joined Go Round FC where he started his career as a striker, before later securing a move to Enyimba in 2020, followed by joining Lobi Stars, Katsina United and Chippa United in 2022.

International career
Nwabili earned his first cap for the Nigerian national team in 2021, in an international friendly against Mexico in Los Angeles, United States.

In December 2023, he was called up for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast. He was named Man of the Match in the semi-final encounter against South Africa, as he saved two penalties in a 4–2 victory during the shootouts following a 1–1 draw, which qualified his country to the final.

 

 

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