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EXCLUSIVE: OBANOR AND ETEBO TRAINING WITH U-23

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Owngoalnigeria.com checks at the camp of the Nigeria U-23 camp can reveal that the duo of CD Feirense new signing Oghenekaro Etebo and Erhun Obanor whose move to Club Africain fell through at the last minute are presently in the camp of the Nigeria U-23.

Both players have so far had two training sessions with the team ahead of the trip to Brazil where they will take on the U-23 team of Brazil in a two legged friendly meant to prepare both teams for the Rio Olympics.

We however gathered that Etebo who many expected to be in Portugal is yet to arrive at his new base as it was only last week that his ownership case was concluded by the Nigeria Football Federation.

Warri Wolves his last professional team in Nigeria claimed he remains their players after his move to CD Feirense but the NFF last week ruled the player is a free agent paving the way for the promotion chasing second division team in Portugal to formally apply for a work permit and visa for the player who won CAF award for most promising talent in 2015.

Obanor on his part has always been a part of the U-23 despite missing the cut for the last Africa Nations Championship for U-23 but his presence in the camp even when his name isn’t on the list of invited players shows the faith the coaches have in him.

He saw a move to Club Africain of Tunisia fall off at the late hour owing to disagreement regarding transfer fee after BJ Foundation his academy demanded $500,000.

Although Abia Warriors the last team he played for in the Nigeria League claimed he is their player, documents from BJ Foundation showed he was only on loan at the Nigeria Premier League team.