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Enyimba stars lead NPFL team to Spain

Enyimba captain Chinedu Udoji and goalkeeper Theophilus Afelokhai will lead the Nigeria Professional Football League All-Stars squad for a tour of Spain in August.

The Nigerian selection will play a game against Valencia on August 10, before keeping a date with Atletico Madrid two days after.

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 August 12.

A final 25-man squad of the NPFL All-Stars was released by Coach Salisu Yusuf who said the selection was based on performance in the two weeks camping.

They include goalkeepers Theophilus Afelokhai of Enyimba FC, Sunshine Stars’ Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Emeka Nwabulu of Wikki Tourists.

The shortlisted defenders are Etim Mathew of Rangers, Samuel Ifeanyi Nweke of Nasarawa United, Chima Akas of Enyimba FC and Gabriel Wasa of Niger Tornadoes. 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.

Meanwhile, the League Management Company (LMC) has announced that all the Enyimba players in the All-Stars team would travel directly from the tour to Egypt for their CAF Champions League fixture against Zamalek.

Shehu Dikko, the LMC Chairman disclosed this and explained that “it is to ensure that the country’s remaining representative in the continental competition have the full compliment of their best players in this crucial encounter.”

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.

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