*The photo shows Golden Eaglets goalkeeper Dele Alampasu (r) being lifted up by CMCM Prophet, Abiola Adebisi at the Church’s auditorium in Akiode, Lagos recently. –
.As Keshi Includes 3 Eaglets In 30-Man Squad For 2014 CHAN –
Barely a month after the founder of Christ Miracle Church Mission, CMCM, Prophet Abiola Adebisi prayed for goalkeeper Dele Alampasu, that he would soon rise to play for the senior national team, the youngster has been invited to feature for Nigeria’s Super Eagles Team B at the African Nations Championship, CHAN, slated for South Africa in January 2014.
Coach Stephen Keshi, who invited 30 home-based players for the African Championship, included Alamasu, who emerged as the best goalkeeper at the UAE 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup, along with two other players of the Golden Eaglets squad, that won the World Cup for Nigeria, Kelechi Iheanacho and Taiwo Awoniyi.
This is the first time that a Nigerian coach would be inviting relatively young players such as Alampasu and his teammates in the Eaglets straight to the senior national team, which is an opportunity for them to break into big time football quickly.
The goalkeeper’s inclusion in the CHAN bound squad only confirmed the prophesy made by Prophet Adebisi, who blessed and told him to be prepared for astonishing miracles before the year runs out.
Prophet Adebisi, who spoke to journalists when his Church hosted Alampasu recently, said: “Alampasu was discovered from the CMCM football team, and he has been a good ambassador of our Church. God told me he will play to the zenith of his career if he can keep his head cool”.
Meanwhile, first choice goalkeeper and skipper Chigozie Agbim and ace midfielder, Sunday Mba top the list, with Shooting Stars’ fiery forward Gbolahan Salami handed a recall to the Eeagles for the tournament.
In all, there are four goalkeepers, nine defenders, eight midfielders and nine strikers.
All 30 players on the main list are expected to report to the Bolton White Apartments in Abuja on Monday, 9 December. Players on the standby list will have opportunity to join the team only if a player on the main list gets injured.
Keshi qualified Nigeria for the tournament for the first time and
looks forward to a memorable outing in the same country where he led the Super Eagles Team A to the Africa Cup of Nations title earlier this year.
“We are going to the CHAN for the first time but we want to be the best at our very first outing”, Keshi said in Salvador, venue of the Brazil 2014 World Cup Draws.
Nigeria will play host South Africa, Mali and Mozambique in Group A at the tournament starting on 11 January, 2014.
THE FULL LIST OF INVITED PLAYERS:
Goalkeepers: Chigozie Agbim (Enugu Rangers); Daniel Akpeyi (Heartland FC); Isah Danladi (Sharks FC); Dele Alampasu (Abuja Football College)
Defenders: Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves); Ebenezer Odunlami
(Sunshine Stars); Benjamin Francis (Heartland FC); Solomon Kwambe
(Sunshine Stars); Bright Esieme (Enyimba FC); Yinka Adedeji (Sharks FC); Reuben Ogbonnaya (El-Kanemi Warriors); Umar Zango (Kano Pillars); Chibuzor Madu (Enugu Rangers),
Midfielders: Sunday Mba (Enugu Rangers); Etebo Oghenekaro (Warri
Wolves); Rabiu Ali (Kano Pillars); Ogonna Osuchukwu (Enugu Rangers); Achiv Douglas (Lobi Stars); Kelechi Iheanacho (Taiye Academy, Owerri); Mohammed Ajia (Bayelsa United); Christian Pyagbara (Sharks FC),
Forwards: Muhammad Gambo (Kano Pillars); Ifeanyi Edeh (Enyimba FC); Barnabas Imenger (Lobi Stars); Ejike Uzoenyi (Enugu Rangers); Ezekiel Mbah (Akwa United); Obiozor Christian (Enugu Rangers); Abubakar Aliyu (Nasarawa United); Gbolahan Salami (3SC); Taiwo Awoniyi (Imperial Academy, Ilorin),
Standby: Happy Okuoka (Heartland FC); Bello Ikeleji (Insurance FC); Obinna Nwachukwu (Heartland FC); Izuegbu Abonima (Enugu Rangers); Paul Ikenna (Sunshine Stars); John Austin Igenepo.