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Obuh drops Ajagun, others from Toulon tourney squad

Published by Guardian on Fri, 24 May 2013


FLYING Eagles Coach, John Obuh has dropped several key players, including skipper, Abduljaleel Ajagun and striker, Umar Aminu, from the squad billed to participate in next week's Toulon Tournament.Others dropped are goalkeeper, Jonah Usman, Chidi Osuchukwu, Chizoba Amaefule, Agboyi Ovbokha, Sikiru Alimi and Lucky Omeruo.Tournament organisers have demanded that only 22 players be registered for the competition, which is expected to prepare several teams for the U-20 World Cup in Turkey.The Flying Eagles want to allow fringe and newly listed players to press for places in a final 21-man squad for the World Cup.The team is making its debut at the famous Toulon Tournament and it kicks off its campaign on May 29 against defending champions, Mexico.Meanwhile, local newspaper, Hammelburg on Monday ran a special spotlight on the Flying Eagles, who are training in Elfershausen, Germany, ahead of next month's U20 World Cup.In a detailed feature hinged on an interview with the Flying Eagles media officer, Samm Audu, Hammelburg focused on the Nigeria U20 team.A large photograph of Flying Eagles goalkeeper, Jonah Usman, in a diving exercise, accompanied the story.'Elfershausen has provided the ideal training camp for us. It's serene and there are no distractions as we prepare for the World Cup,' Samm Audu was quoted by the newspaper.German Coach, Jurgen Press, has signed a short-term contract with Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to bring 'German organisation' to the Flying Eagles ahead of Turkey 2013.'We are confident of our chances at the World Cup and we hope Jurgen Press will bring some tactical organisation to the team to ensure we go all the way in Turkey after we reached the quarterfinal in Colombia two years ago,' Hammelburg further quoted Samm Audu.The spotlight also included comments on the conduct and eating habits of the team by the manager of the Ullrich Hotel in Elfershausen, where the Flying Eagles are putting up.In the Toulon tournament squad are goalkeepers, Samuel Okani (Enyimba), John Felegha (Eupen, Belgium), and Sebastian Osigwe (FC Emmenbrucke, Switzerland).The defenders include Shehu Abdullahi (Kano Pillars), Moses Orkuma (Lobi Stars), Ikechukwu Okorie (Enyimba), Kingsley Madu (El Kanemi), Collins Jamilu (HNK Rijeka, Croatia), Wilfred Ndidi (Nath Boys), Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (Charlton Athletic youth team), and Hassan Abubakar (Wikki Tourists), while the midfielders are Mathias Samuel (Kano Pillars), Christian Pyagbara (unattached), Uche Agbo (Enyimba), and Michael Olaitan (Olympiacos, Greece).The strikers in the squad are Edafe Egbedi (AGF Aarhus, Denmark), Daddy Moses Simon (Unattached), Bright Ejike (Heartland), Olanrewaju Kayode (unattached), Daniel Etor (Akwa United), Alhaji Gero (Enugu Rangers), and Samuel Eduok (Dolphins).
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