Nwakali ends goal drought after 504 days

Super Eagles midfielder, Kelechi Nwakali, was on target as SD Ponferradina suffered a 1-2 home defeat to Real Zaragoza in a game week five fixture of the Segunda Division on Sunday.

Nwakali sent the home fans at the Estadio Municipal El Toralín into wide jubilation after his goal drew level for the home side just a minute before the end of the first 45 minutes after Giuliano Simeone had handed the visitors a 12th-minute lead.

However, six minutes into the restart of the second half, Simeone grabbed his second goal of the game to condemn Ponferradina to their third league loss on the bounce.

On a personal note, Nwakali, despite the disappointing result, would be slightly pleased to have ended his long goals drought panning to 504 days.

The 24-year-old’s goal inside the Estadio El Toralín is his first for Ponferradina since joining the side on a free transfer in the summer.

It was also the playmaker’s first goal in almost one and a half years with his last goal scored on April 25 2021 when he scored for Alcorcon in a 1-2 home loss to Leganes.

Nwakali now has five goals in 47 appearances in the Spanish Segunda Division, spread across games for Huesca, Alcorcon, and Ponferradina.

The former Arsenal man lifted the second-division league title with Huesca in 2020.

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