By Sab Osuji:
Manchester City loanee, Chidiebere Nwakali has exclusively told Completesportsnigeria.com that he will always be motivated for success in life by his late grand father, Samuel Sunday Ashimole Nwakali who he said worked extra hard to bring up his kids even in the stiffest challenges of adversity.
Chidiebere won the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Dubai, United Arab Emirate in 2013 with the Nigeria U-17 team.
He later signed a contract with English Premier League side, Manchester City who loaned him out to Norwegian side, IK Start.
Chidiebere spoke to Completesportsnigeria.com during the burial of his 92-year-old grandfather at his Eziokele, Eziobodo, near Owerri, Imo State on Saturday.
"It was sad we lost him at this point in time, but we are proud to have had him as a grandfather," starts the midfielder in a most emotional tone.
"He lived a good life. At 92, we can only celebrate him for a wonderful life he lived.
"Despite ours being a polygamous family, he brought us all up eating from one plate.
"He worked hard to raise his children despite hard times through his farming profession, and it is such hard work disposition of his that endeared him to all.
"For me, that has been my source of courage, motivation and inspiration as a player.
"I'll continue to work hard to ensure success," Chidiebere said.
His elder brother, Allwell Nwakali, further told completesportsnigeria.com that their grandfather who was called 'double man' lived a successful and accomplished life.
"Before he passed on, he told one of my younger ones, Nnabuihe, that: "I'm happy, I'm going home".
"Besides, he died same day Kelechi Nwakali signed his Arsenal contract. I was in London when they called to inform me of his death.
"He was a man of unique disposition and we cannot but be happy to have had him as our grandfather," Allwell Nwakali said.