Kelechi Nwankali breaks silence on feud with Huesca following contract termination!

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Press Statement

It comes with huge regret that I am writing this

message after SD Huesca announced the

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termination of my contract.

I have kept silent out of respect for the Huesca

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fans and my teammates, but I will no longer

suffer in silence. The time has come for people

to know the truth and why these past few

months have been awful for me and my family.

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In Dec 2021, I experienced the biggest honour

of my life after I received a full international

call up for my beloved Nigeria. But the joy of

this moment quickly came crashing down

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when the club’s Sporting Director, Ruben

Garcia, put extreme pressure on me not to go

to AFCON due to it ‘not being an important

tournament.

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He told me that if I go to AFCONT

will not play for Huesca again. This behaviour

and the lack of respect shown to my country

Nigeria was truly heart-breaking and it was

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just the latest example of the club attempting

to bully me into getting their own way.

For months the club has been abusing its

power to bully me into signing a new contract.

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These tactics have included paying me late on

numerous occasions. The breakdown in

negotiations came when my mother fell ill and I

asked Ruben for the wages the club already

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owed me in order to pay for my Mother’s

hospital bill and treatment. Ruben Garcia

responded to my request by saying ‘Sign this

new contract and we will pay you what’s owed

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tonight.

But despite these actions, I was not going to

allow the club to stop me representing my

country at one of the biggest international

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tournaments in the world and I was honoured

to join my teammates in Cameroon.

Before Nigeria’s last 16 game against Tunisia

on 23rd January 2022, I began to feel unwell

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and was diagnosed with a Respiratory Tract

Infection. As a result I was not fit enough to

play in the game against Tunisia. After we

were eliminated from the tournament I was

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unable to return to the club immediately as

planned because of my illness following advice

from the Doctor.

Then, on the last day of the transfer market

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(January 31, 2022) when I was in the process

of returning to join my teammates at Huesca,

Ruben Garcia rang me to tell me I had to leave

the club after a late offer came in from another

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La Liga 2 club. He threatened that he would

not pay me if I did not leave the club. The

option that was given to me was leave or we

will open up disciplinary action. Before

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January 31st, I was never told by the club that

they wanted to let me leave in January and

this was not a decision that I felt was right for

me at the time.

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After returning to the club on February 1st,

Ruben Garcia and the club’s lawyers opened

disciplinary proceedings against me,

suspending me from training and banning me

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from the training ground. As a result, I had to

seek the help of the Spanish Footballers Union

(The AFE) who have been in an ongoing

dispute with Huesca. After over a month

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passed, the club allowed me back into the

training ground but have been forcing me to

train on my own and have not been allowing

me to use the facilities or receive treatment

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from the club physios.

Throughout this time, Huesca have not paid

my wages, yet I have remained silent hoping

that a reasonable resolution could be found.

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But yesterday when I turned up to the training

ground, a member of the club tried to force me

to sign mutual termination papers which I

refused to do. I have a family that depends on

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me, and no player should have to go through

this inhumane treatment.

I will never regret my decision to represent

Nigeria and all I want to do is get back to

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playing the sport I love.

Lastly, I want to thank the fans and my

teammates of Huesca who have been

amazing during my time here. I have always

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given 100% for the club, despite my treatment

over the past 3 years.

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God Bless,

Kelechi Nwakali

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