Yusuf names squad for La Liga tour

NPFL All-Star team head coach Salisu Yusuf has named Enyimba goalkeeper Theophilus Afelokhai in the final 25-man squad to play on the friendly tour of Spain.

Included on the list are Enugu Rangers’ Obinna Nwobodo, Rabiu Ali (Kano Pillars), Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (MFM FC), Chinedu Udoji (Enyimba), Austin Oboroakpo (Abia Warriors), Joseph Osadiaye (Enyimba), Chisom Egbuchulam (Enugu Rangers), among others.

Yusuf said the selection was based on the players’ performances in the two-week camping in Abuja.

The League Management Company (LMC) said Enyimba players in the All-Star team will travel directly from Egypt after their Caf Champions League fixture at Zamalek.

LMC chairman Shehu Dikko said the idea is to give Enyimba full complement of their players for the African campaign.

“It is to ensure that the country’s remaining representative in the continental competition have the full complement of their best players in this crucial encounter,” said Dikko to npfl.ng.

LMC said 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,” said the LMC.

Fixtures released showed that the NPFL All-Star team will play their first match against La Liga side, Valencia CF on August 10 inside the Alzira Stadium in the city of Valencia.

The NPFL All-Star team will then join the Trofoe Carranza tournament in Cadiz with their first match against Uefa Champions League and LaLiga runners-up, Atletico Madrid on August 12.

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.

NPFL All-Star will play in the finals if they go beyond the group stage or lose then play against the other losers. All the post-group stage matches will hold on August 13.

Full list of 25 players:

Goalkeepers: Theophilus Afelokhai (Enyimba), Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah), Emeka Nwabulu (Wikki Tourists)

Defenders: Etim Mathew (Enugu Rangers), Samuel Ifeanyi Nweke (Nasarawa United), Chima Akas (Enyimba), Gabriel Wasa (Niger Tornadoes), Austin Oboroakpo (Abia Warriors), Jamiu Alimi (Kano Pillars), Chinedu Udoji (Enyimba), Emmanuel Ariwachukwu of (Akwa United)

Midfielders: Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (MFM FC), Obinna Nwobodo (Enugu Rangers), Ekundayo Ojo (Sunshine Stars), Rabiu Ali (Kano Pillars), Alhassan Abdullahi Ibrahim (Wikki Tourists), Charles Henlong (Wikki Tourists)

Forwards: Bassey Ezekiel (Enyimba), Joseph Osadiaye (Enyimba), Hussaini Mohammed Bata (El-Kanemi Warriors), Chisom Egbuchulam (Rangers), Godwin Obaje (Wikki Tourists), Ismaila Gata (FC IfeanyiUbah), Oluwadamilare Ojo (Enyimba), Sikiru Olatunbosun (MFM).