Wednesday, September 26, 2012

AFCON QUALIFIER: KESHI RELEASES 38 PLAYERS FOR LIBERIA


The Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi, on Tuesday, released a list of players, comprising of fifteen foreign based players and twenty five players playing in the Nigeria Premier League, for the second leg Africa cup of nation qualifier against the lone Stars of Liberia in Calabar.

Chelsea midfielder, John Mikel Obi  has not played for the super eagles since Stephen Keshi took over the team in November 2011, goalkeeper Austin Ejide and Inter Milan ace Joel Obi make their return to the national team while, Lazio youngster Ogenyi Onazi a surprise call-up

In a statement by the media officer of the Super Eagles Ben Alaiya, the home-based players are expected in camp on Sunday, at the Bolton white hotel in Abuja, while their foreign based counterparts will join the team by October 8 in Calabar.

Meanwhile, Stephen Keshi has insisted that he was not forced to recall Mikel Obi to his team.

There has been a Clamour by fans and officials alike for Mikel to return to the team, but Keshi maintained he alone took the decision to pick the player for the Liberia clash.

Below are the list of players;

LIST OF HOME BASED.

- GOALKEEPERS
 
AGBIM CHIGOZIE – WARRI WOLVES, NIGERIA
AKPEYI DANIEL – HEARTLAND FC, NIGERIA
 
- DEFENDERS
EGWUEKWE AZUBUIKE – WARRI WOLVES, NIGERIA
PAPA IDRIS – KANO PILLARS, NIGERIA
OBOABONA GODFREY – SUNSHINE STARS FC, NIGERIA
ZANGO UMAR – KANO PILLARS, NIGERIA
KWAMBE SOLOMON – SUNSHINE STARS FC, NIGERIA
EZEKIEL BASSEY – LOBI STARS FC, NIGERIA
KINGSLEY UDOH – HEARTLAND FC, NIGERIA
- MIDFIELDERS AND FORWARDS
 
UZOENYI EJIKE – RANGERS FC, NIGERIA
MBA SUNDAY – WARRI WOLVES FC, NIGERIA
GABRIEL REUBEN – KANO PILLARS FC, NIGERIA
HENRY UCHE – ENYIMBA FC, NIGERIA
CHRISTIAN OFILI – ABS KWARA, NIGERIA
JABASON SOLOMON – AKWA UNITED FC, NIGERIA
SANUSI SANI – GOMBE UNITED FC, NIGERIA
PHILIP ASOQUO – 3SC FC, IBADAN, NIGERIA
IZU AZUKA – SUNSHINE STARS FC, NIGERIA
BRENDON OGBU – HEARTLAND FC, NIGERIA
ANTHONY OKPOTU – LOBI STARS FC, NIGERIA
UBALE MANIR – KANO PILLARS FC, NIGERIA
OHANDUKU GOMO – SHARKS FC, NIGERIA
FIDELIS FAVOUR – NASARAWA UNITED, NIGERIA
 
LIST OF FOREIGN BASED PLAYERS
 
-GOALKEEPERS
ENYEAMA VINCENT – MACCABI TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
EJIDE AUSTINE – HAPOEL BE’ER SHEVA, ISRAEL
-DEFENDERS
YOBO JOSEPH – FENERBAHCE FC, TURKEY
EFE AMBROSE – CELTIC FC, ISRAEL
ECHIEJILE ELDERSON – FC BRAGA, PORTUGAL
 
-MIDFIELDERS AND FORWARDS
NOSA IGIEBOR – REAL BETIS, SPAIN
NWANKWO OBIORA – CALCIO PADOVA FC, ITALY
MIKEL OBI – CHELSEA FC, ENGLAND
JOEL OBI – INTER MILAN FC, ITALY
VICTOR MOSES – CHELSEA FC, ENGLAND
AHMED MUSA – CSKA MOSCOW, RUSSIA
UCHE IKECHUKWU – VILLARREAL FC, SPAIN
EMENIKE EMMANUEL – SPARTAK MOSCOW, RUSSIA
IDEYE BROWN – DYNAMO KYIV, UKRAINE
OGENYI ONAZI – SS LAZIO, ITALY



















Vice president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Lamido Sambo, formally handed over the torch of unity, the symbol of the national sports festival, for the hosting of its 18th edition tagged “EKO 2012 to Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola.

Sambo, who represented President Goodluck Jonathan at the short but impressive ceremony on the open grounds of the Presidential Villa to mark the official flag-off of the movement of the torch round the country, congratulated the government and people of Lagos State for winning the bid to host the 18th edition of the festival and prayed that the nation would be hosted to a very successful festival come November this year.

He also commended he commended the government and people of Rivers State for successfully hosting the 17th edition of the festival noting that after Kaduna they have left a big shoe for Lagos State.

On his part, Governor Fashola, while commending the government and people of rivers state, the hosts of the 17th edition, for a “wonderful show”,   reiterated his pledge to host a championship that would meet all of the objectives of the national sports festival both in terms of unifying Nigerians through sports and in talent development.


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