Plateau United of Jos midfielder, Ibrahim ‘Babawo’ Abubakar has vowed that he and his colleagues in the under-20 national team, Flying Eagles will do their best to make Nigeria proud at this year’s Africa Games.
Speaking ahead of their trip to Morocco on Wednesday, ahead of their opening match against Burkina Faso in Rabat on Friday, Abubakar said all the players are determined to get a podium spot for Nigeria and they will do everything to ensure they return home with the gold medal.
Abubakar is in the list of 18 players named by Flying Eagles’ coach, Paul Osahon Aigbogun to represent Nigeria at the 12th Africa Games, ahead of which the team had been training in Abuja for two weeks.
Aigbogun is keeping kept faith with the bulk of players that were part of his camp in Germany before the FIFA U20 World Cup in Poland this past May/June, with Abubakar returning alongside Success Makanjuola, Peter Eletu, Chinonso Emeka, Collins Sor and Rabiu Mohammed.
Abubakar and the other five, who all featured at Poland 2019, will seek to lead by example when the Flying Eagles start their campaign in the football event in Rabat on Friday, against Burkina Faso at Stade Hassan Moulay, before battling South Africa and Morocco at same venue.
Aigbogun’s full list has three goalkeepers, Detan Ogundare (Kogi United) and Matthew Yakubu (Clique Sports), as well as five defenders, Rabiu Mohammed (Plateau United), Mike Zaruma (Plateau United), Habibu Sadiq Yakubu (Rarara FC), Victor Arikpo Eteng (Sidos FC), and Sanusi Abdulmutallif (Katsina United).
Also listed are five midfielders, Peter Eletu (Prince Kazeem FC), Adewale Oladoye (Water FC), Liameed Quadri (36 Lion), Samuel Nnoshiri (Heartland), Abubakar Ibrahim (Plateau United), as well as six forwards, Emeka Chinonso (Brookhouse), Success Makanjuola (Water FC), Collins Sor (36 Lion), Saeed Jibril (Plateau United), Ahmad Ghali (MFM), and Adesina Gata (Wikki Tourists).
Abubakar told thenff.com: “We have been preparing hard at training and the coaches have also been talking to us and telling us about the importance of the competition.
“I know Nigerians want us to do well and we want to make sure we make them proud by doing all we can to go as far as we can at the Games.
“This is a great opportunity for me and my teammates to make the nation proud and we are determined to do so.”