However, the midfield whiz who is unmoved after failing to get a call-up for the quadrennial fiesta despite a fine season with MVV Maastricht has no doubt that Gernot Rohr’s men can compete for the winners’ prize.
“If I say I’m disappointed not making the Super Eagles’ team [to the World Cup], I am deceiving myself,” Nwakali told Goal.
“From the qualifiers, I was not part of the team and there are midfielders who play in the same position [as myself] and play regularly for their clubs – top clubs precisely.
“All we should do is to support the team to make us proud not who is on the team and who is not.
“Even if I am playing in a top club, its all about the coach and what he wants in the team – he has to make the final decision.”
“I believe we have a good team and have all it takes to make a statement in the World Cup,” he continued.
“All I need to ask from them [Super Eagles] is to put their minds together, work as a team and they will achieve [their aim].
“I’m not talking about the semi-final, I’m talking about being in the last part of the World Cup and if they work hard and believe in themselves, they can achieve it.”
Rohr’s men face Croatia in their first game on June 16 Kaliningrad before squaring up against Iceland and Argentina in Nizhny Novgorod and Saint Petersburg respectively.