Kelechi Nwakali has signed for SD Ponferradina, joining SD Huesca’s La Liga 2 rivals after they terminated his contract.
SD Ponferradina have announced that former Arsenal midfielder Kelechi Nwakali has signed with the club to continue his career in the Spanish second division, following his acrimonious departure from SD Huesca.
SD Huesca announced that they were terminating Nwakali’s contract in April. They claimed they’d communicated this decision to the player and wished him the best for the future.
In response to the statement, Nwakali posted one of his own on Twitter.
Nwakali alleged that Huesca Sporting Director Ruben Garcia pressured him not to go to AFCON with Nigeria due to it ‘not being an important tournament’, and warned the player that attending the event would mean he wouldn’t play for Huesca again.
Nwakali further claimed that when he asked for his unpaid wages to be paid to help fund his mother’s hospital bill, Garcia responded that they would pay him if he signed a new contract (with his deal expiring this summer).
Garcia also allegedly threatened not to pay Nwakali on another occasion, if the player didn’t accept a January 31st transfer to another La Liga 2 club.
Garcia and Huesca’s lawyers were in an ongoing dispute with the Spanish Footballers Union, and before his contract termination, Nwakali was made to train on his own.
Nwakali added that Huesca still hadn’t paid his wages, and claims he’d initially refused to sign mutual termination papers.
You can read Nwakali’s statement in full here. We’ll see if Huesca come to regret their actions with Nwakali as he now looks to strengthen a rival.