Yusuf Unveils NPFL All-Star Final Squad For Tour Of Spain
Coach of the NPFL All-Star team, Salisu Yusuf, has announced the final 25-man squad to play on the friendly tour of Spain next month.
The Defender included on the list are Etim Matthew of Rangers, Samuel Ifeanyi Nweke of Nasarawa United, Chima Akas of Enyimba FC and Gabriel Wassa of Niger Tornadoes. The others are Austin Obaroakpo of Abia Warriors, Jamiu Alimi of Kano Pillars, Chinedu Udoji of Enyimba and Emmanuel Ariwachukwu of Akwa United.
The Midfielders that made the list include Ifeanyi Ifeanyi of MFM, Obinna Nwobodo of Rangers, Ekundayo Ojo of Sunshine Stars, Rabiu Ali of Kano Pillars, Alhassan Abdullahi Ibrahim of Wikki Tourists and Charles Henlong of Wikki Tourists.
Upfront players are Bassey Ezekiel of Enyimba, Joseph Osadiaye also of Enyimba and Hussaini Mohammed Bata of El-Kanemi Warriors. Others are Chisom Egbuchulam of Rangers, Godwin Obaje of Wikki Tourists, Ismaila Gata of FC Ifeanyiubah, Oluwadamilare Ojo of Enyimba and Sikiru Olatunbosun of MFM.
All six Enyimba players on the squad will join their club in Egypt directly from Spain for a crucial CAF Champions League showdown.
Their first match on August 10 will be against LaLiga side, Valencia CF and it will inside the Alzira Stadium in the city of Valencia 8.30pm Nigerian time.
The NPFL All-Star team will then join the Trofeo Ramon de Carranza tournament in Cadiz with the opening match between Cadiz and UEFA Champions League runners-up, Atletico Madrid on August 12 at 5.30pm Nigerian time.
The next fixture of the tournament will see the NPFL All-Star go up against Malaga CF, three hours after the Cadiz – Atletico Madrid tie on same August 12.
Should the NPFL All-Star make it beyond the semi-final stage, then they will play in the final and should they lose in the semi-final stage, they will also play against the losers between Cadiz and Atletico Madrid. The final and losers final matches will hold on August 13.
All the 25 players have been notified that the last phase of camping begins on Monday in Abuja. “They are to report back to camp on Monday, August 1 and would travel from camp on August 8,” the LMC announced.