Nigeria Premier League top scorer, Mustapha Babadidi, of Gombe United is one of the 26 players invited to the Eagles’ camp ahead of next month’s international friendly match with African Cup of Nations record-winners, Egypt, in Abu Dhabi.
Babadidi has been a subject of controversy in recent times having been earlier called to the U-17 team camp; a move many faulted as there are questions about his age.
With this invitation, Babadidi will now have a chance to rub shoulders with the “big boys’.
Meanwhile, captain of the home based Eagles, goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim, is at the head of players called to the camp.
There are three goalkeepers, eight defenders and 15 midfielders and forwards. Players and officials are expected at the Bolton White Apartments, Zone 7, Abuja on Monday, April 2 before 1 p.m., with their international passports.
Other prominent names are defenders Godfrey Oboabona and Azubuike Egwueke, who played the entire duration of last month’s 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Rwanda in Kigali; midfielder Reuben Gabriel who came in as substitute and playmaker Ejike Uzoenyi, who dazzled endlessly against Rwanda and was voted Most Valuable Player are also part of the list.
THE FULL LIST
Goalkeepers: Chigozie Agbim (Warri Wolves), Okemute Odah (Sharks FC), Daniel Akpeyi (Heartland FC)
Defenders: Juwon Oshaniwa (Sharks FC), Godfrey Oboabona (Sunshine Stars), Azubuike Egwueke (Warri Wolves), Papa Idris (Kano Pillars), Ahmed Adesope (3SC), Shehu Maija’ma (Wikki Tourists), Uzochukwu Ogonna (Enugu Rangers), Nura Mohammed (Enyimba FC).
Midfielders/Forwards: Obinna Nwachukwu (Heartland FC), Bartholomew Ibenegbu (Heartland FC), Izu Azuka (Sunshine Stars), Uche Kalu (Enyimba FC), Uche Ossai (Warri Wolves), Reuben Gabriel (Kano Pillars), Ejike Uzoenyi (Enugu Rangers), Sunday Mba (Warri Wolves), Henry Uche (Enyimba FC), Barnabas Imenger Jnr (Kwara United), Mustapha Babadidi (Gombe United), Jabason Solomon (Akwa United), Hassan Hussein (Dolphins FC), Gbolahan Salami (Enyimba FC), Lawal Mohammed (Ranch Bees).