Exclusive – Emmanuel Daniel Named In Pirates Squad For Mamelodi Sundowns Clash

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Former Nigeria U-23 shot stopper Emmanuel Daniel could make his Premier South Africa League (PSL) debut for Orlando Pirates against Mamelodi Sundowns, Owngoalnigeria.com can exclusively reveal.

Daniel has been named in the 18 man squad of Orlando Pirates for tomorrow’s game, but the former Enugu Rangers shot stopper will start from the bench against the team that he almost joined few months ago.

Although Thela Ngobeni will be between the sticks for 9th place Pirates, Daniel ‘s inclusion in the squad for the game puts to rest doubts over his eligibility to represent the South African side.

Tipped to be handed a recall to the senior national team of Nigeria for their camping exercise in France later in the month, Daniel was the first choice goalkeeper of the Nigerian team that won bronze at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Already he has trained twice with the Super Eagles, and coach Gernot Rohr views him as one of the young goalkeepers in the team with the potential to be first choice in a not too distant future.

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