The Futsal National Team, Futsal Eagles, will on Wednesday fly from Nigeria to Cairo, for their “FIFA Futsal World Cup,” African final qualifying fixture against Egypt.
Head Coach Oladunni Oyekale and the players have been preparing, for the past week, inside the Gymnasium of the National Institute for Sports, National Stadium, Lagos; with the sole objective of overcoming the perennial African champions in this fixture.
Oyekale has now picked 12 players who will on Friday night (as from 8pm Egyptian time) file out with plenty of confidence against the Egyptians in the first leg encounter.
Included in the final cut are Ike Uche (McJeff FC), Okafor Chukwuebuka Solomon (Enugu), Nosiru Kabiru Ishola (Bolowotan FC), Madu Francis Chidindu (Bayelsa United), Israel Banigo (McJeff FC), Huoseni Oladimeji Hakeem (Shino Soccer FC).
Others are Jejelola Olaniyi Rilwan (Fame FC), Oche Taiwo Matthew (Union Bank FC), Prosper Edewor (Bendel Insurance FC), Sylvester Francis (Sharks FC), Sani Madu Mohammed (Gombe United FC), Ibe Michael Okoro (Yobo FC).
The team will travel out from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja-Lagos, aboard an Egypt Air flight. The return leg comes up at the Gymnasium of the National Institute for Sports, National Stadium, Lagos, on Sunday, June 24.
Futsal is an indoor soccer game played with similar rules as its outdoor (and more popular) variant, but with five players on each side and on a smaller pitch.