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ANGOLA 2010: Amodu invites Kanu, Yobo, 30 others for Nations Cup

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ANGOLA 2010: Amodu invites Kanu, Yobo, 30 others for Nations Cup

Post  Admin on Wed Dec 16, 2009 7:27 pm

Ben Nwachukwu, AbujaWITH less than one month to the 27th edition of the Nations Cup in Angola, Nigeria’s head coach, Shaibu Amodu has listed 32 players who will battle for places in the country’s 23-man final list which would leave Durban for Angola on January 8, four days to Nigeria’s first match of the tournament, against Cup holders Egypt, at the 35,000-capacity Ombaka Stadium in Benguela.

Captain of the team, Nwankwo Kanu, and his deputy, Joseph Yobo as well as midfielders, Oluwaseyi Olofinjana and Mikel Obi top the over 90 per cent foreign-based players’ list that would storm the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge camp near Durban, South Africa.

The list consists of five goalkeepers, 11 defenders, nine midfielders and seven forwards. Amodu who has been under severe criticism from football-loving Nigerians owing to his inability to control the foreign legion who have become lords on the pitch noted, “I believe there will be fierce fight for shirts because I have made it clear to the players that performances at the Nations Cup will go a long way in determining those who will be invited for the World Cup finals in South Africa next year”.

The players expected to report at the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge near Durban, on December 29 would arrive in Abuja on December 27 to be treated to a dinner being organised by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel on the evening of December 28.

Meanwhile, the NFF is considering the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge Team’s Base Camp for the 19th FIFA World Cup finals being hosted by South Africa next summer. The comprehensive list of the invited players include goalkeepers Vincent Enyeama, Bamidele Aiyenugba, Austin Ejide, Greg Etafia, Bassey Akpan.

Defenders: Taye Taiwo, Joseph Yobo, Elderson Echiejile, Ayodele Adeleye, Danny Shittu, Obinna Nwaneri, Onyekachi Apam, Chidi Odiah, Chibuzor Okonkwo, Yusuf Mohammed, Olubayo Adefemi. Midfielders: Dickson Etuhu, Sani Kaita, Bartholomew Ibenegbu, Oluwaseyi Olofinjana, Mikel Obi, Nwankwo Kanu, Yusuf Ayila, Kalu Uche, Olufemi Ajilore.

Strikers: Osaze Odemwingie, Obafemi Martins, Chinedu Obasi, Michael Eneramo, Joseph Akpala, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Obinna Nsofor.


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