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Fed Cup: Super Eagles Okonkwo, Nwabili are stars to watch
By | Sep 23, 2011
Fed Cup: Super Eagles Okonkwo, Nwabili are stars to watch

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

Left-back Nwabili has scored about goals in this year’s CAF Champions League, hitting the net 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 Coach Samson Siasia and has logged valuable experience in that sector, 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 Chijioge 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 quarterfinals 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 Team. Bernard Okorowanta has valuable experience from playing for the previous Olympic team and forward Junior Osagie; a bursting sharpshooter was on the books of Club Africain of Tunisia before recently returning home.

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