Chippa United coach Morgan Mammila was moved to see Nigerian coach Jose Peseiro watch his side train and play, with the Portuguese coach casting his eye on his goalie Stanley Nwabali, who has been in good form for the Chilli Boyz.
Peseiro is opening the net wide for the Super Eagles when it comes to goalkeeping department ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations finals next year in January and February in Ivory Coast.
The former FC Porto coach has been let down by Nigerian number one Francis Uzoho in goals, especially when he was caught from range in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Zimbabwe in November.
Uzoho was also at fault when Nigeria was held 2-2 by Saudi Arabia in October in a friendly match when they conceded in the dying minutes when they were leading 2-1 against Roberto Mancini’s side.
Mwabili, who joined Chippa United from Katsina United in October last year, has kept seven clean sheets in 13 league matches this season, including the 2-0 over Golden Arrows at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium over the weekend.
“It means a lot to the entire club, having a national team coach coming to South Africa to see a player,” said Mammila after Chippa recorded their fourth league win this season against Abafana Bes’Thende.
“They had lunch, and dinner with me and had a chat with the players, it means a lot. When we were chatting, I could see that there is not that much difference (between us and Peseiro in coaching terms), the only thing is how you say it.
“Overall, I grabbed one of two things from him because when we were talking to each other you get one or two you can use in the future. What a gentleman.
“I’m happy, and he will sleep peacefully himself that at least he came to Chippa.”
Mammila said, Peseiro, having watched Mwabili’s performance, this will go a long way for the Lagos-born goalie and is fearful that he won’t last longer at the club.
“The way Stanley plays, he is in (AFCON finals squad),” said Mammila.
“I expect him to be at AFCON. The only problem is, we are going to lose Stanley. If he plays like this at AFCON, I’m telling you Stanley may not come back [from] the AFCON.
“Me and my friend (chairman), Chippa Mpengesi, we don’t waste time if there is an offer on the table, we allow that player (to leave). That’s who we are. He is a gentleman. That’s why he has allowed Morgan to coach his team.”
Peseiro might have also watched Olisa Ndah at Orlando Pirates as the Bucs beat TS Galaxy on Saturday as the Nigerian defender has been doing well for the Soweto giants.
Nigeria, at the AFCON finals, will face Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, and Guinea-Bissau in Group A.