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Profiles Of The Glory-Chasing Golden Eaglets

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John Obuh has chosen 21 players to attempt to retain the Fifa Under-17 World Cup trophy for Nigeria, starting today in Abuja.

Here is a pen pix of all 21 glory hunters for the Golden Eaglets.

 

PLAYER PROFILES

NAME: Dami Danjuma PAUL

DATE OF BIRTH: 18/12/1992

CLUB: OUSFORD ACADEMY (NIGERIA)

First choice goalkeeper who showed great poise and agility all through the preparation period.

 

NAME: Aigbe OLIHA

DATE OF BIRTH: 11/02/1993

CLUB: IGBINO BABES FC (NIGERIA)

Defender with great concentration and ability.

 

NAME: Mohammed Goyi ALIYU

DATE OF BIRTH: 12/02/1993

CLUB: NIGER TORNADOES FC (NIGERIA)

Lanky defender who has flair for joining the attack.

 

NAME: Ogenyi Eddy ONAZI

DATE OF BIRTH: 25/12/1992

CLUB: MY PEOPLE FC (NIGERIA)

Talented midfielder who hails from Benue State in the North Central region. Attended Township Primary School, Jos.

 

NAME: Fortune CHUKWUDI

DATE OF BIRTH: 18/11/1992

CLUB: A & B ACADEMY (NIGERIA)

Team captain who defends with resolution. From Mbatoli Local Council of Imo State.

 

NAME: Kenneth Josiah OMERUO

DATE OF BIRTH: 17/10/1993

CLUB: HARD FOUNDATION (NIGERIA)

Lion –hearted defender who attended LEA Primary School, Jabi and hails from Ikwuano Local Council of Abia State.

 

NAME: White George AGWUOCHA

DATE OF BIRTH: 13/01/1993

CLUB: KWARA UNITED FC (NIGERIA)

One of few players in the Nigeria team who has experience from playing in the top division. Midfielder with vision and plenty of action.

 

NAME: Stanley Osaretin OKORO

DATE OF BIRTH: 08/12/1992

CLUB: HEARTLAND FC (NIGERIA)

Nicknamed ‘Little Messi’, another highly –experienced performer, who at his young age was instrumental to Heartland FC of Owerri’s qualification for the prestigious CAF Champions League final.

 

NAME: Abdul Jeleel AJAGUN

DATE OF BIRTH: 10/02/1993

CLUB: DOLPHIN FC (NIGERIA)

Discovered during the annual Shell Cup competition, Ajagun is on the books of Premier League returnees Dolphin FC of Port Harcourt. Visionary midfielder with a good shot.

 

NAME: Olanrewaju Ayobami KAYODE

DATE OF BIRTH: 08/05/1993

CLUB: MARVELLOUS FC (NIGERIA)

Bustling striker who hails from Odo-Owa Local Council of Ekiti State. A fighter in the attack

 

NAME: Terry ENVOH

DATE OF BIRTH: 12/12/1992

CLUB: MIGHTY JETS FC (NIGERIA)

Has useful experience from playing for the crowd –pulling Jos team, which used to be in the top division. Envoh is one of the players being looked upon to deliver this championship to Nigeria.

 

NAME: Chukwujike MGBAM

DATE OF BIRTH: 22/04/1992

CLUB: STANDARD FC ACADEMY (NIGERIA)

Another lion –hearted defender who attended God’s Favour International School and is from Abia State

 

NAME: Omoh OJABU

DATE OF BIRTH: 14/12/1992

CLUB: DOLPHIN FC (NIGERIA)

Ajagun’s team –mate at Dolphin FC. Powerful shooter who scored five in the 14-1 demolition of Qatari Sports Club in a friendly in Doha.

 

NAME: Sani Shehu EMMANUEL

DATE OF BIRTH: 23/12/1992

CLUB: MY PEOPLE FC (NIGERIA)

Attacking midfielder who also loves to defend. Like Ojabu, hails from Etsako Local Council of Edo State

 

NAME: Yusuf Olaitan OTUBANJO

DATE OF BIRTH: 12/09/1992

CLUB: EMMANUEL AMUNIKE ACADEMY (NIGERIA)

Supporting striker who attended Solan Primary School and is from Ijebu-Ode area of Ogun State.

 

NAME: Amos Ossai IZUCHUKWU

DATE OF BIRTH: 09/12/1993

CLUB: TEAM LAGOS (NIGERIA)

One of the goalkeepers, who also showed great agility during preparation.

 

NAME: Obinna Emmanuel OKORO

DATE OF BIRTH: 30/12/1992

CLUB: YOUNG STARS FC (NIGERIA)

Defensive midfielder with great skill and audacity. He hails from Onicha Local Council of Ebonyi State, and attended Town School, Emene.

NAME: Edafe EGBEDI

DATE OF BIRTH: 05/08/1993

CLUB: BISALLO FC (NIGERIA)

Fast–paced winger who is one of Coach Obuh’s aces.

 

NAME: Deji Mayowa JOEL

DATE OF BIRTH: 23/11/1992

CLUB: ECO ACADEMY (NIGERIA)

Good midfielder who distributes well. From Ifelodun Local Council of Kwara State.

 

NAME: Ramon Olamilekan AZEEZ

DATE OF BIRTH: 12/12/1992

CLUB: FUTURE PRO ACADEMY (NIGERIA)

Another talented midfielder, from Iwajowa Local Council of Oyo State.

 

NAME: John FELAGHA

DATE OF BIRTH: 27/07/1994

CLUB: ASPIRE ACADEMY (QATAR)

Young John Felagha attended Kpansia Secondary School, Yenagoa and was discovered by Moses Aduku, then made the cut to be taken to the world–renowned Aspire Academy, Doha after the Nigeria finals in 2007. He joined the Nigeria team when they went for their final preparation camp at Aspire in October.

 

THE TECHNICAL CREW

HEAD COACH: Sam John OBUH

 

ASSISTANT COACH 1: Monday ODIGIE

 

ASSISTANT COACH 2: Abimbola SAMUEL

 

GOALKEEPERS’ TRAINER: Suleiman SHUAIBU

 

TEAM DOCTOR: Charles AGADU

 

TEAM PHYSIOTHERAPIST: Ejike Victor ONYEMEANU

 

TEAM COORDINATOR: Garba LAWAL

 

TEAM SECRETARY: Sirajo HASSAN

 

EQUIPMENT MANAGER: Shehu ADO

 

CAMP COMMANDANT: Oriola MICHAEL

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Obuah Lauds Nwabali Over Chieftaincy Title

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The proprietor of Go Round FC , Bro. Felix Obuah cups he was  on cloud nine seeing  his former ward, Super Eagles’ first choice goalkeeper  at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023  in Cote d’Ivoire,  Stanley Bobo Nwabali,  being conferred with a chieftaincy title at his Egbema Kingdom home in  the Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area (ONELGA) of Rivers State .
The 27-year-old  Chippa United goalie was led to the ceremony  on Sunday by Bro. Obuah as  he first paid a courtesy call to the ONELGA council headquarters where the Chairman, at the Nzeobi’s palace in Aggah-Egbema,  HRM Eze Everestus Amuda conferred the chieftaincy title ‘Ugo Egbema 1 of Egbema Land’ which means the Pride of Egbema on the Chippa United goalkeeper.
Amuda eulogised Nwabali for his performance especially his penalty saving heroics which he noted, engraved him in the hearts of many Nigerians both home and abroad.
Sir Vincent Job announced a  cash gift  of N5 million in addition to a street  being named after .
At the Nzeobi’s palace in Aggah-Egbema,  HRM Eze Everestus Amuda conferred the chieftaincy title ‘Ugo Egbema 1 of Egbema Land’ which means the Pride of Egbema on the Chippa United goalkeeper.
Amuda eulogised Nwabali for his performance especially his penalty saving heroics “This is the dream of every father, that his son or daughter makes it to the top. When we started, I had the dream that one day if they put in their best, they will reach the zenith of their careers,” Bro Obuah said.which he noted , engraved him in the hearts of many Nigerians both home and abroad.
A grand reception was later  held in Nwabali’s honour at the Community Primary School, Okwuzi where top dignitaries  including  Sir Job, Chief Whip of the Rivers State House of Assembly and member Representing ONELGA Constituency I, Hon Franklin Nwabochi as well as member representing ONELGA Constituency II, Hon Dcns Nkemjika Ezekwe showered encomiums on the Super Eagles shot stopper.

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Rivers Hoopers Coach Sure To Make Statement

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Rivers Hoopers head coach Ogoh Odaudu says his team will face a huge task after Thursday’s 2024 Basketball Africa League draw.
Hoopers were drawn against former champions US Monastir, APR of Rwanda, and Senegal’s AS Douanes in the Sahara Conference.
Top two teams will advance to the BAL playoffs scheduled to take place in Kigali, Rwanda, from May 24 to the first of June.
There will also be a slot for two best third-placed teams from across the three conferences (Kalahari, Nile, and Sahara).
“The group is obviously a very tough one, Odaudu said.”
‘’Former champions US Monastir, APR who defeated the Rwandan team (REG), who were at the BAL last year; they are a very tough team too. Of course, last year’s finalist, AS Douanes, is in that group, so we have been placed in the group of death.
While the other two conferences will hold in March and April, the Nigeria Premier League Champions won’t play until May 4.
Odaudu added, ‘’Notwithstanding, we have enough time to prepare and be there. We will overcome once the jump ball comes.’’
Since the inaugural edition in 2021, Rivers Hoopers and Kwara Falcons are the only Nigerian teams who have played in the BAL, and neither have gone past the group stage.
The former Nigeria international wants his team to be the first Nigerian team to make it to the playoffs of the Basketball Africa League.
“First and foremost, getting out of the group is our target for this year’s BAL. We are tired of just going to participate and coming back home after the first round.
“For us this season, we want to ensure we get to Kigali and be in the playoffs. Whatever happens from there on is a bonus.

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SWAN Gets New Leaders In Rivers

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The Rivers State Chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has elected a new leadership.
On Monday, February 19, Peter Abaje of DAAR Communication was voted Chairman alongside other executive members: Vice Chairman – Deinma Abaku; Secretary, Ekpor Temple; Financial Secretary, Bath Ndubuwa, and Eyo Kelvin, Welfare Officer, who will pilot the administrative activities of the association for three years.
While other officers were elected unopposed, Mr. Abaje beat the out gone Chairman, Ms Sarah Atonye David by 10 votes to five to emerge.
The election was held under the supervision of Mr. Gabriel Nwanetanya National Ex Officio, who represented the Zonal Vice President, Azuka Chiemeka.
Inaugurating the newly elected officials, Mr. Gabriel Nwanetanya described the electoral process as peaceful and orderly and charged the Executive members to live above board by re-positioning the association in the state as no excuses would be given for non-performance.
He encouraged them to be creative and look inward to discover and showcase the abundant sports talents existing in Rivers State and also appealed to them not to apply personal interest to move the association forward.
In his inaugural speech shortly after the election, Peter Abaje, the newly elected Chairman of SWAN in Rivers State, said that the conclusion of this election signaled a new dawn in the state chapter of the association and vowed to lift the association to greater heights.
The Chairman also promised to carry every member along in the scheme of things as well as operate an open-door policy.
“The new leadership under my watch would collaborate with the private institutions and Rivers State Government to promote and develop community sports as well as encourage the education of members in areas of sports journalism, he assured.
Members of the association who voted and witnessed the election process, applauded the SWANECO for delivering a hitch-free, fair and transparent election.

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