Mini-Football: Nigeria Resumes Camp With 31 Players Ahead Of 2021 AFCON

Nigeria’s mini-football men’s national team resumed training with 31 players on Monday at the Ilaji mini-football pitch, Akanran Ibadan.

Sixty home-based players from 20 states were invited for screening, while the other 29 players are expected to hit camp before the end of Monday.

Head coach Babatunde Odubola said the team’s preparations have started with two training sessions today.

“We had our first training session this morning, where 31 players were present,” Odubola told the media team.

“Definitely, the other players are coming into the camp today (Monday). This late arrival is due to the fact that some of them are coming from far distance but we are expecting them to arrive today and the screening will start immediately.”

“Well the camp resumed yesterday, we opened the camp for 60 players from 20 states of the Federation where we are having Minifootball at present. The camp is at Ilaji Hotels and Resorts Akanran, Ibadan the venue of the competition in July.

He further disclosed that 20 players will be selected and register to represent Nigeria at the second African Minifootball Cup.

The mini-football game features two halves of twenty-five minutes duration of nonstop action played by five outfield players and one goalkeeper. A further seven players are allowed on the bench.

“Twenty best players among the 60 players are going to represent Nigeria,” he added.

Monday’s training started at 7am and ended 8:30 am, while the second training will be held from 5pm at the Minifootball stadium.

Coach Odubola led the Nigeria mini-football national team to their first African Minifootball Cup in Libya in 2018 where they finished fifth.