Samuel Chukwueze's contribution was not enough to help Villarreal from bowing to a 2-1 loss against Espanyol on Sunday.

Former Nigeria international and Misr El Makkasa of Egypt African Academies Director, Emmanuel Amuneke, believes that the trio of Samuel Chukwueze, Ramon Azeez and Kelechi Nwakali have all it takes too deliver in the 2020/2021 Spanish top league, Laliga Santander.

The threesome youngsters are the only Nigerian players in the Laliga Santander this term and Amuneke who is a Laliga legend having played for FC Barcelona and Albacete, believes the Nigerian exports are blessed with talents and equally have the Laliga experience to help their respective clubs to the make good impacts..

Chukwueze is on the payroll of the Yellow Submarines, Villarreal, Ramon Azeez plays for Granada, while Nwakali has just joined the elite league with Huesca.

“Chukwueze has been doing very well for his club, Villarreal,” Amuneke told newsmen when he was asked to give his thoughts on the three Nigerian players featuring in this
season’s Spanish Laliga.

“He’s been in the team and I think his consistency and continuity in the squad has given him edge and more confidence as a player.

“It has enabled him to mature more into the game, so I think he will do more this season having settled down well enough to the demands of the Spanish league,” Amuneke said.

Chukwueze is in his second season with Villarreal first team, having graduated from the B team in November 2018. He joined the club shortly after helping Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets win the FIFA U-17 world Cup in Chile in 2015, with Amuneke as head coach.


Amuneke had a brief coaching spell in Sudan with Khartoum SC before taking up Taifa Stars of Tanzania coaching job, qualifying them for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals, for the first time in 39 years.

He says Huesca’s promotion will help Nwakali a great deal since the Nigerian starlet will now have opportunity to play top flight football.

“T’m happy that Nwakali took that bold decision of going to Huesca. They have gained promotion to the Laliga Santander, meaning he’s been guaranteed top flight football.

“But then, that means he must work hard to tie down regular team shirt which is important to his career.

“Yes, we shouldn’t pressure him with expectation of becoming an instant hit in the Laliga Santander. He has to do that gradually, and adapt to the elite league’s demands.

“And once he sits in with the system, no doubt his best would begin to come. And if that happens, he will give his best to Huesca.”

Amuneke also spoke about Ramon Azeez who plays for Granada. also in the Laliga Santander.

“Ramon (Azeez) is a player with great talent”, said the former African Player of the Year.

“He’s been in the Spanish football for sometime now and understands the system well. So, l believe he has the experience which I believe will count for him this time around,” Amuneke concluded confidently.

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