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NPFL Squad Gets Set In South Africa



Nigeria Professional Football League U-17 All Stars have arrived in South Africa to participate in this year’s Gauteng Future Champions football tournament.

The event is expected to run from March 20-27 in Gauteng, South Africa and will feature 12 teams, the organizers have confirmed. NPFL U17 All Stars will play in Group A against SAFA Tshwane and Torino FC.

In Group B, Bidwest Wits will battle Football School of India and Spartak Moscow. Group C will see Mamelodi Sundowns U17 face Club Tijuana and Club Brugge. Finally, Group D features Orlando Pirates, University of Pretoria and defending champions Atletico Madrid.

Coach Austin Eguavoen led 20 carefully selected and registered U17 players from the NPFL to South Africa on Saturday afternoon.

The team which also had four officials as part of the delegation departed from the Kaduna International Airport via Ethiopian Airline straight to Addis Ababa and connected another flight to the OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg.


The team touched down at OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg early Sunday morning. They will lodge at the Kopanong Hotel and Conference Centre, Northmead, Benoni 1522, South Africa.


The NPFL U17 All Stars will play the opening match of the tournament as they lock horns with SAFA Tshwane in the morning of Monday March 20th at exactly 10.30 am and will play their second group game the next day against Torino FC at the same time.

Organisers have also confirmed that all the matches will be beamed live on SuperSports 4.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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