12th African Games: Aigbogun assembles 18 Eagles

Flying Eagles’ head coach Paul Aigbogun has announced the names of the 18 players who will represent Nigeria at the 12th African Games holding in Rabat, Morocco.

Coah Aigbogun kept faith with the majority of the players who were part of the training camp in Germany before the FIFA Under-20 World Cup held in Poland between May and June.

The Nigerian national under-20 male team had been training in Abuja for the past two weeks, as they intend to make Nigeria proud in the game.

The 18 players and their officials will travel to Lagos on Tuesday and from there to Morocco on Wednesday morning.

Plateau United’s Ibrahim Abubakar will captain the team, which has the likes of Success Makanjuola, Chinonso Emeka, Peter Eletu, Collins Sor and Rabiu Mohammed.

The Flying Eagles will commence their campaign against Burkina Faso on Friday, August 16 in Rabat.

Speaking on their state of preparedness, team captain Abubakar assured that the team would do its best to put Nigeria on the podium at the Games.

We have been preparing hard at training and the coaches have also been talking to us and telling us about the importance of the competition,” he said.

I know Nigerians want us to do well and we want to make sure we make them proud by doing all we can to go as far as we can at the Games.

This is a great opportunity for me and my teammates to make the nation proud and we are determined to do so, Abubakar added.


Goalkeepers: Detan Ogundare (Kogi United), Matthew Yakubu (Clique Sports)

Defenders: Rabiu Mohammed (Plateau United), Mike Zaruma (Plateau United), Habibu Sadiq Yakubu (Rarara FC), Victor Arikpo Eteng (Sidos FC), Sanusi Abdulmutallif (Katsina United)

Midfielders: Peter Eletu (Prince Kazeem FC), Adewale Oladoye (Water FC), Liameed Quadri (36 Lion), Samuel Nnoshiri (Heartland), Abubakar Ibrahim (Plateau United)

Forwards: Emeka Chinonso (Brookhouse), Success Makanjuola (Water FC), Collins Sor (36 Lion), Saeed Jibril (Plateau United), Ahmad Ghali (MFM), Adesina Gata (Wikki Tourists)

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