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Chika Wali

Personal information
Full nameChika Wali
Date of birthAugust 10, 1988(age 28)
Place of birthRamuomoi, Nigeria
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing positionDefender
Club information
Current clubPune FC

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Chika Wali is an Nigerian football player who plays as a Defender for I-League team Pune FC.

From the grounds of River State in Nigeria to Pune F.C, this solidly built Nigerian teenager has come some distance in every sense of the phrase.

Chika started playing the game when he was eight beginning with school games and all school tournaments. He was then picked to play for his state where he used to play as a defensive midfielder.

Incidentally, Chika, in his early days wanted to be a striker he loved scoring goals but a coach said that he would go much further in the game if he played back considering his height and physique.

Later a scout spotted him and got him a contract to play for a club in the neighbouring Republic of Benin, a two hours drive from Chika’s place in Nigeria. He spent a season there his first as a professional in the game.

He came to India on the invitation of PFC. A close friend of Chika introduced him to a manager in India who then brought him to the notice of PFC leading to his present contract. This is his third year as a pro.

Chika brings his natural African physique and athleticism to the game but those are not his only strengths. He is very good in the air a must for a full back and his skill in a one-on-one skirmish with opposing strikers has brought many attacks to a grinding halt.

The highlight of Chika’s nascent career has been being part of the PFC team last year which qualified for the I-League. Chika’s transition to sub-continental football has been seamless.

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