Twenty players from the Nigeria Beach Soccer team have been invited to camp by the Supersand Eagles head coach Audu Adamu ahead of the 2013 Copa Lagos Beach Soccer championship.
The invited players would camp at the FIFA Goal Project in Abuja, from Wednesday, November 27 to December 10, before heading to Lagos for the three-day competition, which would run from December 13-15 at the beachfront of the Eko Atlantic City.
Nigeria will be looking to retain the title it previously defended in 2012 with impressive performances against notable beach soccer-playing nations like Portugal and Brazil.
Amongst those players invited to the Abuja camp are the team captain Isiaka Olawale, Kano Pillars first-choice goalkeeper, Theophilus Afekholai, defenders Ayobami Asekumowo and Omotayo Ibrahim.
Some other players on the list are Victor Tale, Abutu Adofu and Rotimi Omoniwa, who will be debuting at the Lagos tourney if invited.
Germany will be making a debut appearance in this year’s tournament while Lebanon and Senegal will also be in contention.
Full list of invited players:
Goalkeepers: Abdul Isah (Kaduna United), Oladapo Olalekan (Owibesed FC), Joel Theophilus (Kano Pillars).
Defenders: Okemmiri Ogbonaya (Abia Warriors), Emmanuel Onweferia (Owibesed FC), Ayobami Asekumowo (Wikki Tourists, Bauchi), Omotayo Ibrahim (ABS FC), Daniel Adu (Atete FC, Warri)
Midfielders: Isiaka Olawale (Dolphins FC), Ikechukwu Ibenegbu (Heartland), Suleiman Abubakar (Nasarawa Beach team), Badmus Babatunde (Owibesed FC), Emma Elemobor (Siasia FC Academy), Tayi Abdulrahman (FCT Beach team), Emeka Ogbonna (Kogi Beach team).
Strikers: Victor Tale (Shenne FC), Abu Azeez (Kwara United), Abutu Adofu (NYSC FC, Enugu), Rotimi Omoniwa (Nembe City), Nekan Nzeako (El-Kanemi-Warriors).