—U-23 Eagles Coach Calls Up 28 Players To Abuja Camp
By James Agberebi:
The trio of Taiwo Awoniyi, Kingsley Sokari and Dele Alampasu are among 31 U-23 Eagles players invited by coach Samson Siasia for camping in preparation for the All Africa Games in Brazzaville, Congo.
Flying Eagles goalkeeper Alampasu was recalled after being dropped just before the team played Congo in an Olympics/African U-23 Nations Cup qualifier in July.
Also included in the list is Sampdoria new boy Stanley Amuzie, who suffered a serious knee injury on national duty and could face a long lay-off.
According to the Nigeria Football Federation, on their website, the list which is made up of mostly players who qualified the team for the All Africa Games, has new invitees like Lucky Jimoh, Bright Onyedikachi and Olisah Ndah.
The 31 invited players are expected to report to the Parkview Hotel in Abuja on Wednesday with their international passports.
The U-23 Eagles are in Group B and will take on Ghana, Senegal and Egypt in the men’s football event of the All Africa Games.
The U-23 edged out Zambia 2-1 on aggregate to qualify for the quadrennial event.
And just recently, the team qualified for the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations after they eliminated Congo Brazzaville 2-1 on aggregate.
The Full list of invited players
Daniel Emmanuel (Enugu Rangers FC); Bala Yusuf Mohammed (Kano Pillars); Erhun Obanor (Abia Warriors); Segun Oduduwa (Nath Boys); Amuzie Stanley (Sampdoria FC, Italy); Azubuike Okechukwu (Bayelsa United); Saviour Godwin (Plateau United); Etebo Oghenekaro (Warri Wolves); Junior Ajayi (3SC); Peter Onyekachi (Enyimba FC); Usman Mohammed (FC Taraba); Atanda Sodiq (Appolonia FC, Albania); Kingsley Sokari (Enyimba FC); Taiwo Awoniyi (Imperial Academy); Chima Akas (Sharks FC); Aminu Umar (Osmanispor FC, Turkey); Daniel Etor (Enyimba FC); Augustine Oladapo (FC IfeanyiUbah); Semiu Liadi (Warri Wolves); Tiongoli Tonbara (Bayelsa United); Ikechukwu Okorie; Etebong Akpan (Club Africain); Sincere Seth (Supreme Court); Abdullahi Shehu (Quadsia FC, Kuwait); Ndifreke Effiong (Abia Warriors); Abiodun Akande (3SC); Dele Alampasu; Lucky Jimoh (36 Lions); Bright Onyedikachi (FC IfeanyiUbah); Olisa Ndah; Solomon Efosa