Super Eagles’ Okonkwo and Nwabili are stars to watch


Super Eagles’ defenders Chibuzor Okonkwo (In pic)and Valentine Nwabili are the top stars to watch in Sunday’s 2011 Federation Cup final match at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos.

Left-back Nwabili scored in this year’s CAF Champions League, against Al Hilal of Sudan home and away and in Enyimba’s final group phase match against Cotonsport Garoua of Cameroon in Aba last weekend.

The defender has been in and out of the senior national team but is likely to be looked at again following a run of great form.

On his part, Chibuzor Okonkwo has been first-choice for right back in the reign of Samson Siasia as Super Eagles coach, playing the full game in the international friendly against Argentina in Bangladesh earlier this month.

Other stars to watch out for in the Enyimba crew are striker Uche Kalu, who has about four goals in the CAF Champions League, agile goalkeeper Chijioke Ejiogu (popuarly called ‘Arugo Monkey’) and who burst onto national scene with FC Arugo of Owerri several years ago, and the calm and calculating midfield workhorse Chidozie Johnson.

Defender Emmanuel Anyanwu was part of the U-20 National Team that won the African Youth Championship in South Africa in May and reached the FIFA World Cup quarter finals in Colombia in August, while Kenneth and Nnaemeka Anyanwu are also talented stoppers with vision and panache.

Otekpa Eneji has seen action with the Super Eagles, including an international friendly with Korea Republic in Seoul last year, and is a key man with the U-23 National Team, Dream. Bernard Okorowanta has valuable experience from playing for the previous Olympic team and forward Junior Osagie (in pic below), an atacker, was on the books of Club Africain of Tunisia before recently returning home.



The team is coached by Okey Emordi.

Heartland rear could be hard to breach with goalkeeper Bassey Akpan, respected home-based safe hands, in charge. Bartholomew Ibenegbu, alias ‘Mosquito’ is back from another FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup and strikers Okey Nwadike and Bello Musa Kofarmata must be watched keenly.

Kofarmata was a member of the U-20 National Team, Flying Eagles at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada four years ago.

There are also Julius Ubido, energetic midfielder who is on the roaster of Super Eagles’ Coach Samson Siasia, and Osas Okoro, also favoured by Siasia and with useful experience from the previous Olympic team.

The team is coached by Dutchman Lodewijk de Krui
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