21 Eagles fly out to Dubai for Egypt
Goalkeeper and skipper Chigozie Agbim led a group of 21 players
who left Abuja on Easter Monday afternoon for Dubai, for Thursday’s
high-profile international friendly match against the Pharaohs of
Assistant Coach Daniel Amokachi, standing in for Head Coach Stephen
Keshi who is holidaying in the United States of America and will join
the Eagles in Dubai on today, rolled out a list that consisted of
two goalkeepers, six defenders, seven midfielders and six strikers.
The team travelled out aboard an Ethiopian Airline aircraft, to stop
over in Addis Ababa before another three-hour flight to Dubai.
Agbim, of CAF Confederation Cup campaigners Warri Wolves, will have as
cover goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi, with defenders Azubuike Egwueke, Papa
Idris, Juwon Oshaniwa, Hamed Adesope, Godfrey Oboabona and Nura
Left-footed Ejike Uzoenyi of Enugu Rangers, voted Man of the Match in
the 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Rwanda in Kigali at
the end of February, leads the midfielders that also include
Bartholomew Ibenegbu and Gabriel Reuben, with strikers Uche Kalu,
Sunday Mba and Izu Azuka among others.
Mba scored the two goals in the 2-0 away win over Liberia’s Lone Star
in Monrovia in February while Azuka has been in great form for
Sunshine Stars, and scored home and away as the club knocked out
Recreativo Libolo of Angola to reach the CAF Champions League third
Thursday’s game will mark Coach Stephen Keshi’s sixth match in charge
of the Senior National Team, with two wins and three draws in the
GOALKEEPERS: Chigozie Agbim, Dan Akpeyi
DEFENDERS: Godfrey Oboabona, Azubuike Egwueke, Papa Idris, Juwon
Oshaniwa, Hamed Adesope, Nura Mohammed
MIDFIELDERS: Uche Ossai, Ejike Uzoenyi, Bartholomew Ibenegbu, Obinna
Nwachukwu, Henry Uche, Gabriel Reuben, Ogonna Uzuchukwu
STRIKERS: Gbolahan Salami, Uche Kalu, Mohammed Lawal, Izu Azuka,
Sunday Mba, Barnabas Imenger Jnr.
Report by Aderonke Ogunleye @AderonkeW