By Adeboye Amosu:
Nigeria Professional Football League joint top scorer, Godwin Obaje, as well notable names like Austine Obaroakpo, Jamiu Alimi, Rabiu Ali, Ifeanyi Matthew and Ikechukwu Ezenwa top the list of 32 players invited to camp by the League Management Company for the NPFL-LaLiga tour coming up in August, Completesportsnigeria.com can report.
Only 22 of the shortlisted players will however make the trip for the friendlies in Spain.
The list is made up of four goalkeepers, eight defenders, three defensive midfielders, seven central midfielders, seven wingers and six centre forwards.
The first phase of the camping exercise will open on July 11th and end on July 18th during which the players will be released to play for their clubs in League and Federation Cup fixtures.
The second and final phase of camping will open on August 1 leading to the team’s departure on August 8.
The squad was selected by a poll of coaches of the NPFL carried out to pick players for the different positions.
The NPFL All Stars while in Spain will play a pre-season friendly against Valencia CF and also participate in the annual Carranza LaLiga World Club Tournament in which they will play against Malaga CF on August 12 and 13.
FULL LIST OF PLAYERS
Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Thephilus Afelokhai, Emeka Nwabulu, Okiemute Odah
Defenders: Matthew Etim, Ifeanyi Nweke, Chima Akas, Gabriel Wassa, Chinedu Udoji, Austine Obaroakpo, Jamiu Ali and Emmanuel Ariwa.
Defensive midfielders: Ifeanyi Ifeanyi, Dayo Ojo, Dare Ojo.
Central midfielders: Obinna Nwobodo, Otun Fawaz, Rabiu Ali, Ibrahim Alhassan, Ifeanyi Matthew, Frederick Obomate, Charles Henlong.
Wingers: Abdulrahman Bashir, Emeka Ogbuh, Sikiru Olatunbosun, Ezekiel Bassey, Shadrack Ogali, Chisom Egbuchulam, Bata Mohammed.
Forwards: Godwin Obaje, Anthony Okpotu, Ismaila Gata, Ibrahim Mustapha, Abiye Moses, Stephen Odey.