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2. Dream Debut for Kalu, Ajayi
For Samuel Kalu and Semi Ajayi, it may have been a shattered dream when Super Eagles gaffer, Gernot Rohr did not look at their direction during the 2018 World Cup in Russia, but it was a dream come true when the duo made their debut for the Super Eagles in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Seychelles last Saturday
Samuel Kalu and Semi Ayayi were among the four new players handed invitation by the Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr for the 2019 AFCON qualifier against the Pirates of Seychelles, the other two being Jamilu Collins, a defender with German Bundesliga B team, SC Paderborn and Kelechi Nwakali of FC Porto of Portugal. But it was only the duo of Kalu and Ayayi that had the chance to play.
3. Build your team around NPFL players, Owolabi tells Rohr
Former International, Felix Owolabi, has expressed regret on the larger number of foreign-based players used over those in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) in international engagements, especially during the AFCON qualifiers.
Coach Gernot Rohr recently prosecuted the second game of the CAF Group E Africa Cup of Nations against Seychelles with players in either Europe or Asia, while goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa, the only home-based, was unused.
But the same cannot be said of group leader, Libya, and South Africa that relied 100 per cent on their league players for the two matches played so far.
Both West African giants of world cadet football clash in the final of the CAF U17 Cup of Nations WAFU B Tournament at the Stade General Seyni Kountche on Saturday evening, with the lone ticket to the Africa U17 Cup of Nations Tanzania 2019 to serve as the spur for an explosive encounter.
The atmosphere will be further charged by a 67 – year rivalry between both nations, with crucial wins for either country over the decades. But the Eaglets are encouraged that Ghana’s semi final victims Cote d’Ivoire, suffered a 5-1 hiding when both teams met at the same venue last week.
5. Black Starlet seeks revenge against the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria.
The black starlets of Ghana today will be seeking revenge as the aim to beat the golden eaglets to pick the sole ticket of U-17 AFCON 2019 that will take place in Tanzania.
The last term this two teams met in the same category it was in 2007 which the golden eaglets triumph over the black starlets three goals to nil while of recent in 2013 U-17 AFCON in Morocco were Isaac success got a brace in the 6-1 demolition of the black starlets.