Amapakabo releases list of 21 players for U23 AFCON title defence

Olympic Eagles Credit: Complete Sports

Head Coach Imama Amapakabo has released his final list of 21 players to defend the U23 Africa Cup of Nations title in Egypt.

The defending champions will kick start their campaign in Group B against Cote d’Ivoire on Sunday, 9th November at the Al Salam Stadium. Zambia and South Africa complete the group.

Notable names who made the Olympic Eagles list include: team captain Azubuike Okechukwu, defenders Anthony Izuchukwu, Sincere Seth and Olisah Ndah, midfielders Kelechi Nwakali, Muyiwa Olabiran and Ndifreke Effiong, and forwards Taiwo Awoniyi and Orji Okwonkwo.

The top three teams at the eight –nation finals will represent Africa in the Men’s Football Tournament of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Japan.

Recall that the Olympic Eagles won the second edition of the competition in Senegal four years ago.


GOALKEEPERS: Adamu Abubakar (Wikki Tourists); Mohammed Galadima (Nasarawa United); Kingdom Osayi (Giant Brillers)

DEFENDERS: Olisah Ndah (Remo Stars); Samuel Atavti (Esperance FC, Tunisia); Valentine Ozornwafor (UD Almeria, Spain); Sincere Seth (Boluspor FC, Turkey); Josiah Chukwudi (Spartak Tranava,

Slovakia); Anthony Izuchukwu (Nest Sotra, Norway); Bitok Stephen (FC Isloch, Belarus)

MIDFIELDERS: Sunusi Ibrahim (Nasarawa United); Aliyu Yau Adam (Spartak Jurmala, Latvia); Muyiwa Olabiran (Tambov FC, Russia); Kelechi Nwakali (FC Huesca, Spain); Ndifreke Effiong (Akwa United); Sunday Faleye (Wacker FC, Austria); Tom Dele-Bashiru (Watford FC, England); Azubuike Okechukwu (Basaksehir FC, Turkey)

FORWARDS: Orji Okwonkwo (Bologna FC, Italy); Taiwo Awoniyi (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); Bright Enobakhare (Wolverhampton Wanderers, England)

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