Players in the NPFL All Stars camp have a final chance to prove their mettle and make the squad for the tour to Spain as the team manager has said the final selection will be concluded in a matter of days and the final list announced on August 1.
Head Coach of the NPFL All-Star, Salisu Yusuf revealed that he intends to make public his final 22-member squad of the NPFL All-Star team a week to their departure. The 37-man squad currently in camp in Abuja will travel out to Spain on August 8 to play a pre-season friendly against Valencia CF and participate in the prestigious Ramon De Carranza Cup.
Yusuf made this known in a chat with npfl.ng after Wednesday’s training inside the main-bowl of the Abuja National Stadium.
” The Technical crew is working tirelessly and work has been progressing. The boys are responding very positively and that is encouraging to us the trainers.
“We are not in a hurry to name the final squad because we don’t know what may occur with any of the players before the final week; so we will keep observing and working on them. We hope to name the final squad a week before we leave for Spain.” Yusuf said.
On his confirmation Wednesday afternoon by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Board as Chief Coach of the Super Eagles, Yusuf said ” I’m delighted and looking forward to the job. I always welcome the challenge to serve the country and give my quota to the development of the game in Nigeria.”
A total of twenty-eight players trained on Wednesday morning and they include Emeka Nwabulu (Wikki Tourist FC), Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC Ifeanyi Ubah) and Okiemute Odah (Lobi Stars FC).
Others are Chisom Egbuchulam (Rangers International FC) Ifeanyi Nweke (Nasarawa United FC)Etim Mathew (Rangers International FC)Frederick Obomate (Rivers United FC) and Emeka Ogbuh (Heartland FC).
Also in were Abiye Moses (Ikorodu United FC) Stephen Odey (MFM)Sikiru Olatumbosum (MFM)
AlHassan Ibrahim [Wikki Tourist] Rabiu Ali (Kano Pillars FC) Ismaila Gata (FC Ifeanyi Ubah) Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (MFM) and Obaje Godwin (Wikki Tourist FC).
The others are Shedrack Oghali (Warri Wolves FC] Emmanuel Ariwa (Akwa United FC) Wassa Gabriel (Niger Tornadoes FC) F. Otun ( Shooting Stars FC) Charles Henlong ( Wikki Tourist FC) and John Kelechi (Plateau United).
The final batch of the players that trained include Hussaini Bata ( Elkanemi warriors)
AbdulRahman Bashir (Nasarawa United) Dayo Ojo (Sunshine Stars FC) Oboroakpo Austin (Abia Warriors) and Jamiu Alimi (Kano Pillars).