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All Africa Games: Odumadi returns as Ghana train today in Benin

By John Egbokhan
Coach Austin Eguavoen must be a happy man after the players in the National Under-23 camp for tomorrow’s All Africa Games qualifier against Ghana swelled to 22 following the return of AC Milan’s Nnamdi Oduamadi and Agboola Babalola, who was invited following the delayed return of Nurudeen Orelesi.

This comes as a 28-man contingent of the Black Meteors of Ghana arrived Benin City yesterday. Brimming with optimism, the coach Kwesi Appiah tutored side, would today, have their first training session at the SamuelOgbemudia stadium by 4pm.

Though not giving away much, the Ghanaian coach said they were in town to defend the pride of their country against their bitter rivals, Nigeria.

However, his counterpart coach, Eguavoen, while supervising his team’s training session yesterday,, was busy barking out instructions to his team, who host Ghana first in the two-legged match to determine who qualifies to play in the Maputo Games, slated for September.

He seemed delighted, apparently with the return of Odumadi, the midfield wizard, capable of bringing down the opposition on his good day.

And speaking to reporters later, Oduamadi, said he was fully prepared for the clash against the Black Meteors.
“Yes I am back and fully ready for the game against Ghana”, said Oduamadi.

For Agboola Babalola, who is getting his first call up to the team, the call to service is one that he hopes to reciprocate with a good outing against the opposition.

“I am glad to be here. I have been looking forward to an opportunity to play for my fatherland and now that I have found it in the under-23 team, I will put in my best”.


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