FC Ebedei has once again proven why it’s the pace setter of football excellence in Nigeria, after having three graduates in the Super Eagles squad for the 2023 African Cup of Nations in Cote D’ Ivoire.
Nigeria, a three-time AFCON champion who are one of the favourites to emerge winners of the content biggest football fiesta, are seeking a 4th title with Jose Peseiro in charge.
Three FC Ebedei products had made the provisional 45-man list ahead the December 15th, 2023 CAF deadline for the submission by all participating AFCON teams, but at the end, the duo of Frank Onyeka (Brentford -England) and Rapheal Onyedika (Club Brugge- Belgium) made the final 25-man party to Cote D’ Ivoire.
As injury ravaged the Super Eagles squad during the pre-AFCON camping in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates with the striking department the most affected, the need to fill the void came about.
First was Germany-based Bayer Leverkusen striker Victor Boniface who was replaced by Terem Moffi of French Lique side Nice, after he sustained a groin injury. With the squad not done with the unfortunate incident, then came the news of Sadiq Umar who was reported to have sustained an unfortunate injury.
Super Eagles Portuguese gaffer wasted no time in inviting Trabonzor of Turkey striker Paul Ebere Onuachu, to bolster his strike options heading into the tournament.
With the invitation of inform Onuachu to replace injured Sadiq Umar less than 72hours to Super Eagles opening AFCON Group A game against Equitorial Guinea at the in Ivory Coast, is a testament that the Nationwide League One club is the best and professional administered football club in Nigeria.
No club in Nigeria even at the topflight level- Nigeria Professional Football League and Nigeria National League has same number of representatives.
In the many interviews the Nigerian sporting media have had with the President of FC Ebedei, Barrister Churchill Oliseh, one of his quotes which is now a fact.
“In the last 20 years of Nigeria’s football, the success recorded by Super Eagles or the age-grade teams in any international competition has a product of FC Ebedei.”
It will be recalled that the trio visited their boyhood club (FC Ebedei) last year on Monday July 10, 2023 and played a novelty game tagged FC Ebedei vs Onuachu, Onyeka, Onyedika and friends which ended 1-1 with Onuachu scoring a late minute equaliser.