The Nigerian international was in action as his new side kicked off their league campaign with a win away from home.
Nwakali off to a good start
The Nigerian star completed 48 passes, including one key pass. He won five ground duels out of five and played in six successful long balls.
Ponferradina got off to a good start as Nwakali set up Derik Lacerda, who put the away side ahead with a cool finish in the seventh minute.
However, Cartagena restored parity, courtesy of a strike from Mikel Rico following a pass from Pablo De Blasis.
Both sides went into the break with the scores level, but it was Ponferradina that got out of the blocks again following the restart.
Ponferradina’s strong second half
Gomes’ men regained their lead six minutes after the break through Daniel Ojeda following a ball from Jose Naranjo. Ojeda then scored his second a minute after the hour mark to extend the away side’s lead.
Ponferradina looked comfortable until Pablo Vázquez pulled one back for the home side two minutes from time to set up a nervy finish.
Although Cartagena piled pressure in search of an equaliser, Ponferradina held on to pick the three points in their first game of the season. Next up for Jose Gomes’ men is a home clash against Ibiza.