NPFL Invites 25 players for athletico, Valencia Friendlies
Salisu Yusuf, Head Coach of the Nigeria Professional League, (NPFL) All-Star team, has released the final list of the 25-man squad to play on a tour of Spain. In a statement by Harry Iwuala, media officer of the League Management Company (LMC) on Friday in Abuja said the team will play Atletico, Malaga and Valencia. “The player include goalkeepers Theophilus Afelokhai of Enyimba FC, FC Ifeanyi Ubah’s Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Emeka Nwabulu of Wikki Tourists. “The defenders are Etim Mathew of Rangers, Samuel Ifeanyi Nweke of Nasarawa United, Chima Akas of Enyimba FC and Gabriel Wasa of Niger Tornadoes. “The others are Austin Oboroakpo 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,’’ it said. “All the 25 players have been notified that the last phase of camping begins on Monday in Abuja. It also noted that the fixture shows that the NPFL All-Star’s first match against LaLiga side, Valencia CF will hold inside the Alzira Stadium in the city of Valencia. “The match will hold on August 10 with kick-off slated for 9.30 p.m. Spanish time. “The NPFL All-Star team will then join the Trofoe Carranza tournament in Cadiz with their first match against EUFA Champions League and LaLiga runners-up, Atletico Madrid on August 12 at 6.30pm Spanish time. “The next fixture of the NPFL All-Star in the Carranza tournament is against Malaga CF three hours after the tie against Atletico Madrid on same Aug. 12. “Should the NPFL All-Star make it beyond the group stage, then they will play a in the finals and should they lose in the group stage, they will also play against the other losers. “All the post-group stage matches will hold on August 13,’’ the statement said.