Few months after bursting onto the scene with series of impressive performances for his Isreali club side Hapoel Be’er Sheva, both locally and internationally in the Europa League, Anthony Nwakaeme is set to become a Nigerian international.
According to sources close to busybuddiesng.com, the 28-year-old striker is primed to get his first Super Eagles call up for important 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Cameroon in September.
This is certainly not coming as a surprise. Nwakaeme has been one of Nigeria’s brightest attacking talents home and abroad, scoring 17 goals and providing 12 assists in all competitions as Hapoel Be’er Sheva cruised to the Isreali league and cup double last season.
Nwakaeme hasn’t slowed down this season and has already notched five goals this season, four of the goals coming in the UEFA Champions League, including an absolute stunner of a strike in his side’s Playoff first leg win over NK Maribor at the Turner Stadium in Beersheba.
?? Nigeria’s Anthony Nwakaeme with an absolute rocket for Hapoel Be’er Sheva in the Champions League! pic.twitter.com/v5no91o53M
— Mesfouf & Koshary (@MesfoufKoshary) August 16, 2017
It is quite unclear if he’ll be making his debut, but Nwakeme’s call up to the Super Eagles camp will definitely offer Gernot Rohr attacking impetus in the crucial double-header against Cameroon.
Although we are yet to confirm, it is believed that Nwakaeme’s teammate at the Isreali champions John Ogu will keep his place in the Super Eagles squad for the Cameroon matches.
The first leg of the World Cup qualifier will be played at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo on September 1 while the second leg will come up three days later at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde.
Nigeria top Group B with six points from two matches, while African champions Cameroon have two points. Zambia and Algeria have one point each.