World Cup qualifier: Coach invites 20 players for Egypt

The head coach of the Futsal National Team, Oladunni Oyekale, has invited 20 players to camp for next week’s FIFA Futsal World Cup qualifying match against Egypt in Cairo.

The 20 players invited have been asked to report at the Golden Destiny Hotel, Ajao Estate, Lagos on Thursday, May 31, with their international passports to begin earnest preparations.

Kano Pillars’ ace Gambo Mohammed, who was in the Nigeria team to the African Futsal Championship in Libya in 2008, is one of those that have been called.

The Futsal Eagles reached the final stage of the African qualifying campaign without kicking a ball, following Gabon withdrawal from the qualifiers.

However, Egypt pounded Tunisia 9-3 on aggregate, winning 4-1 in Tunis and 5-2 in Cairo, to set up a meeting with Nigeria.

But the coach of the Nigerian says his boys are bold and will be ready for the battle when the whistle goes for the kick-off in Cairo on Friday, June 8.

“We are ready to take on Egypt. I tell you, these boys have shown a lot of enthusiasm and go-go spirit, and they have the skills and the discipline to triumph. I thank the Nigeria Football Federation for giving us this opportunity and by extension, giving the futsal game the opportunity to grow in our country,” said Oyekale.

The return leg will take place at the Gymnasium of the National Institute for Sports, National Stadium, Lagos on Sunday, June 24, with the winner earning one of the three tickets due to Africa at the FIFA Futsal World Cup finals taking place in Thailand in November.

FULL LIST OF INVITED PLAYERS:

Ebuka Okafor (Enugu), Chidindu Madu (Warri), Uche Ike (Enugu), Kabiru Nosiru Olumide (Lagos), Israel Banigo (Port Harcourt), Hakeem Husseini (Lagos), Olaniyi Jejelola (Lagos), Taiye Ochei, Dimeji Hassan, Jones Adepoju, Amei Elisha, Sani Mohammed (Gombe United), Sylvester Francis (Sharks FC), Sani Suleiman, Alabi Wasiu, Michael Joel Okoro (Port Harcourt), Pelewura Olumide, Dayo Olanipekun, Gambo Mohammed (Kano Pillars), Prosper Edewor (Insurance FC)


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