The Nigeria Rugby Football Federation (NRFF) has named 17 Black Stallions players with three foreign-based for the forthcoming Africa Men’s Regional tournament.
The Tournament which is scheduled to hold in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, from September 15 to 16, will also serve as 2020 Olympic pre-qualifiers and 2019 All Africa Games qualifier.
Invited to fly Nigeria’s colour are; Isaac Sani (Cowrie), Christian Ogar (Cowrie), Osarobo Festus (RocketBull), Samuel Ekpo (Cowrie ), Azeez Lapido (Cowrie) will be given time till Monday to prove fitness due to injury.
Thankgod Okafor (RC Montemor, Portugal), Danjuma Mashiela (Dings Crusaders, UK), Monday Alex (Racing), Hassan Mohammed (Cowrie), Joseph Mogaji (7sirs, UK), Jeremiah Peter (Kings College Old Boys).
Other are; Nuhu Ibrahim (Barewa), Joshua Etim (Barewa), Onoru Jatto (Cowrie), Alfred Oche (Cowrie), Jude Abrakson (Barewa) and Yannick Mukoro (Eco II).
The Technical Director of NRFF, Ntiense Williams; Strenght & Conditioning Coach, Isaac Amadi, and team Doctor, Bukola Bojuwoye are other members of the team.
However, the national team Coach Bronson Weir revealed that the camp will hold from September 5 to 12 in Lagos.
“In this Black Stallions squad, we have an extremely talented group of players with the right mix of experience and youth,” begins former Kenya and Ugandan National Team coach.
”I’m looking forward to seeing what the team can produce in Abidjan next weekend. The foreign-based players will make a big difference.
”Dajuma Mshelia has blistering pace and will be vital to the team, Temi Okenla got injured during a pre-season match with his club and is out.
”Experienced playmaker and captain; Azeez Ladipo is also a doubt due to injury he sustained on Saturday at training.
”However, we will not lack pace at all as we still have our wingmen Christian Ogar and Onoru Jatto.
”Finally, Joseph Mogaji, Yannick Mukoro, and Isaac Sani will bring in power play onto the squad,” Weir, who had previously coached South African National sevens student teams said.