I’ve picked best 23 NPFL stars for tour of Spain — Yusuf

Daily Trust - - SPORT - By David Ngobua

Ahead of to­day’s un­veil­ing of fi­nal list of 23 play­ers for the play­ing tour of Spain, Coach of the NPFL Stars team, Sal­isu Yusuf has said he set­tled for the best out of the 37 play­ers who were in­vited to camp.

In a chat with Daily Trust yes­ter­day, Yusuf who dou­bles as Su­per Ea­gles Chief Coach said he was con­fi­dent that the play­ers would give a good ac­count of them­selves in Spain in Au­gust.

He said af­ter in­ten­sive train­ing in Abuja, he sub­mit­ted to the League Man­age­ment Com­pany the list of play­ers who had shown in words and deeds that they are good enough for the La Liga challenge.

Yusuf also said he is con­fi­dent that LMC would okay the list he sub­mit­ted for vet­ting be­fore to­day’s an­nounce­ment.

“I have done my own beat. I have sub­mit­ted the list of 23 play­ers to the LMC. The asked for the best 23 out of the 37 play­ers in camp and that was ex­actly what I did.

“I picked the best 23 and I am con­fi­dent they will give a good ac­count of them­selves in Spain.

“When we re­turn on Monday, it will be to round up prepa­ra­tions for take­off. The play­ers are all en­thu­si­as­tic. They see the trip as an op­por­tu­nity to mar­ket them­selves in Europe,” he said.

Yusuf how­ever noted that in case of last minute with­drawals, there will be no prob­lem as most of the 37 play­ers were is­sued visas and would come in as re­place­ment.

The coach was re­act­ing to re­ports that a club like Eny­imba with seven play­ers in the NPFL stars camp want their stars for the CAF Cham­pi­ons League clash with Za­malek in Egypt on Au­gust 14.

He said “There is no prob­lem. If the LMC de­cides to yield to their re­quest, there are other play­ers on standby. It would be a mat­ter of just ask­ing those with visas to come and take their places. “In any­thing you want to do, there must be plan B. So there is noth­ing to worry about. Like I said I have a for­mi­da­ble team for the tour,” he noted.

The NPFL Stars are sched­uled to em­bark on a play­ing tour of Spain in Au­gust which is one of the ben­e­fits of the newly signed part­ner­ship be­tween La Liga and the LMC.

Anthony Ag­baji (left) of Lobi Stars fights for the ball against Kabiru Umar of Plateau United dur­ing their league match re­cently.

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