Nico Williams Watches ‘Big Bro’ Inaki From The Bench In Bilbao Stalemate As He Inches Close To Fulfilling Dream

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Liberian and Ghanaian-born Spanish youngster Nicolas Williams, the younger brother of Inaki Williams is getting closer to fulfilling his dream of sharing the same pitch with his elder brother Inaki as he was named in Coach Gaizka Garitano Bilbao Senior squad for the first time in their tricky LA Liga fixture with Villarreal but was an unused substitute.


Inaki Williams grab his third LaLiga goal of the season as Athletic Club squared with Villarreal 1-1 at La Ceramica on Tuesday evening, the Submarines were carrying good form into the Christmas break but were halted by a good looking Basque side on the evening.

The hosts, Villarreal were undefeated in their last eleven league matches while Athletic had failed to win any of their last six away games.

The first ten minutes of play was controlled by a beautiful and attacking Villarreal side, before Athletic took the lead inside 20 minutes, with Yuri Berchiche assisting Inaki Williams to deliver a smart finish between the legs of goalkeeper Asenjo’s to put the visitors in control of proceeding.


The goal was the Liberian-Ghanaian footballer’s third in La Liga Santander as his younger brother Nicholas Williams jubilated from the substitute’s bench, Williams lasted 77 minutes on the pitch, as he was replaced by Spaniard Raul Garcia and was embraced by his younger brother Nico Williams who was closely watching the game.

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Later in the game Athletic managed to hang on, until the final fifteen minutes of the match, when 18 year-old Yeremi Pino then found the equaliser for Villarreal to make it 1-1, and it was his first league goal as a senior professional.

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As the game finished the substitute’s list for Bilbao were adjusted with Dani Garcia replacing Mikel Vesgas, Lekue for Alejandro Berenguer, Jon Morcillo replaces Oscar de Marcos and Oihan Sancet as substitute for Iker Muniain as Nico Williams the little brother of Inaki Williams was made to watch the entire game from the bench.

Bilbao Coach Garitano had earlier stated his believe in Nico and label praises on the youngster as the next progidy to come from the Bilbao Athletic, in a prematch press conference
Coach Garitano indicated that Nico Williams has been in a sensational form for the reserve and therefore need sometime with the Bilbao first team:

“We want him to be around for a few days, because he is a player who has been hitting very hard. We have followed him since he was little and now he is getting closer and closer to the first team. He is playing well for Bilbao Athletic and we always want these types of players to show them the door of the first team ”. Garitano said.

Nicholas Williams Arthuer “Nico”, barely 18 years old, is possibly close to playing in the first team, the striker was recently promoted to Athletic Bilbao B, earlier this year from the Basconia, Juvenil A of Athletic Club and has been making sanifincant impact with rojiblanco, as his amazing skills have caught the eyes of coach Gaizka Garitano who is seeing much prospect in the youngster.

Meanwhile, Nico had earlier stated it is his dream to debut with his elder brother Inaki at the San Mamés in a WhatApp Conversation to Liberian Sports International earlier may of this year, Nico said:

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“My greatest dream is to debut with the first team and to be able to debut at San Mamés,” he answered. “Besides debuting, my dream is to be able to play with my brother.” so its dream coming true, he said.

Both Nico and Inaki Williams was born to an Immigrant Ghanaian father and a refugee Liberian mother, but both boys grew up in the Basque region when the Williams family immigrated to Spain.

And that automatically helped to shape Iñaki and Nico’s outlook into life. And into a professional footballers.

The Williams brothers are eligible to play for Liberia, Ghana and Spain given the fact they are yet to represent any of these countries at Senior International football.

By Emmanuel wise Jipoh

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