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African trio for Obama Cup

By Oluwashina Okeleji
BBC Sport, Lagos

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Nigeria will be one of the African countries at the Obama Cup.

The national teams of Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya are to meet other teams from around the world for the Obama Cup scheduled for the United States of America.

Both Nigeria and Ghana plan to feature players from their domestic leagues in the tournament which will be held from 22-26 May.

Ghana who finished in third place at this year's Wafu Cup in Nigeria are taking the same squad to the US.

"This tournament in the US will serve as a good preparation ground for our boys ahead of the CHAN tournament in Sudan," Ghana coach Herbert Addo told BBC Sport.

"Before then we have another invitational tournament in the UAE but the boys are also looking forward to this one in the United States.

While Ghana is using the US tournament to prepare for the CHAN, their biggest rivals and Wafu champions Nigeria plan to use it to expose their local players.

Nigeria failed to qualify for the inaugural African Nations Championship (CHAN) in the Ivory Coast and the next edition scheduled for Sudan in January.

"We have confirmed our participation in this tournament and it will be an excellent platform for our boys to play against other teams from across the world." NFF spokesman Ademola Olajire said.

"Plans are underway to get the boys into camp, the Wafu celebration is over and they have this tournament to look forward to."

The tournament in honour of the US President Barack Obama is expected to attract talent from across the globe and especially Africa, Obama's ancestral continent.



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