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12th All-Africa Games: Aigbogun picks 18 for Rabat 2019, as team vows to make Nigeria proud

Flying Eagles coach Paul Aigbogun has released his final list of 18 players who will represent Nigeria at the 12th All-Africa Games starting this week in Morocco.

The U20 team has been training in Abuja for the past two weeks as they prepare for Africa’s showpiece multi-sport event. The team of 18 players and their officials will travel to Lagos on Tuesday and then fly to Morocco on Wednesday morning.

Aigbogun has kept faith with the bulk of the players who were part of the training camp in Germany before the FIFA U20 World Cup held in Poland May/June this year.

Plateau United’s Ibrahim Abubakar will captain the team while there is a return to the squad for Success Makanjuola, Chinonso Emeka, Peter Eletu, Collins Sor and Rabiu Mohammed who all featured at the FIFA U20 World Cup in Poland.

The Flying Eagles will start their campaign in the football event on Friday, 16th August against Burkina Faso in Rabat.

Captain of the team, Ibrahim Abubakar told thenff.com that the team will do its best to put Nigeria on the podium at the continental 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.

Nigeria’s fixtures at the All-Africa Games

16/08/2019- Nigeria v Burkina Faso, Stade Hassan Moulay, Rabat

20/08/2019- South Africa v Nigeria, Stade Hassan Moulay, Rabat

23/08/2019 Nigeria v Morocco, Stade Hassan Moulay, Rabat

18 FLYING EAGLES FOR RABAT 2019

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).

Nigeria U20s national team captain, Ibrahim Abubakar has assured Nigerians that they will do the country proud at the 12th All Africa Games kicking off this Friday in Rabat, Morocco, Completesports.com reports.

Abubakar, a midfielder, who is on the payroll of Plateau United – a Nigeria Professional Football League side, says the team has been working hard in training, and the players are raring to go in their 12th All Africa Games assignment.

“We have been preparing hard in training and the coaches have also been talking to us and telling us about the importance of the competition,” Abubakar 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.”

This is the first time the Nigeria’s U20s are representing the country in the men’s football event of the All Africa Games.

Hitherto, the U23 team, known as Olympic Eagles had been representing the country in the men’s football event of the All Africa Games.

The Flying Eagles are in the Group A of the men’s football event alongside hosts Morocco, Burkina Faso and South Africa.

The Paul Aigbogun’s team will start their campaign on Friday, 16th August against Burkina Faso in Rabat.

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