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Oliha, Influence My Decision To Play For Super Eagles-Solomon-Otabor



Viv Efosa Solomon-Otabor, the London-born Nigerian winger, has revealed that his Uncle, Thompson Oliha, the Former Super Eagles player, was a big influence in making his decision to want to play for Nigeria instead of his birth country.

Solomon-Otabor was born in London to parents originally from Edo state, Nigeria. Victor-Banks Otabor, his father, played for Bendel Insurance, NNPC, and Eagle Oil before moving abroad.

Otabor who plies his trade with Bulgarian CSKA Sofia, disclosed that getting a regular playtime was the main reason for heading out of England.

The 23-year-old, who was invited for trial by Coach Samson Siasia in 2015 for preparation of the U23 Africa Cup of Nations in Senegal, said it would be a dream comes true if Gernot Rohr invites him to represent Nigeria.

Solomon-Otabor, the 2015/16 Birmingham City Young Player of the Year, however, revealed he would have been an athlete if he did not become a footballer.

When asked why didn’t he honour England U21 invitation? He replied: “I was called to play for England U21 as at the time I was playing for the Nigeria U23 because I was already involved with the Olympics squad.

“I will feel great if invited to the Super Eagles team. Honestly, all the hard work will finally pay off and it will be a blessing and dream comes true to finally represent Nigeria. So, it will be a blessing if I am to receive a call from the national team coach.

“If the opportunity is given, yes, of course, I believe in my abilities and as any player would do, they always believe in themselves and back themselves to do well. So, I personally believe that.”


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Mavlon FC arrives Europe on 21 days training tour



The management of Mavlon FC have taken another giant stride in the development of her players by embarking on a training tour in Europe.

The team led by the chief coach, Muyiwa Showole, comprised of players and other officials, arrived Bulgaria on a training tour of 21 days that will see Mavlon FC play friendly games with some clubs in the Eastern European country.

In May, Mavlon FC were guests of Golden Eaglets at the FIFA goal project, Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja  when they engaged the National U 17 team of Nigeria in a friendly game, which witnessed sublime football artistries from both sides all through 90 minutes.

The team displayed strong football qualities despite losing 1-0 to the Eaglets.

24 hours later, Mavlon FC were too formidable for Tiki Taka academy, beating the team at their home ground in Abuja 1-0 in another friendly game played in Abuja Al geared into putting the team is great shape ahead of the training in Bulgaria, Europe.

It is also interesting to note that Mavlon FC has Stephen Emmanuel, one of the players of the victorious Golden Eaglets team that won the WAFU B U17 tournament last Friday, making the training tour of the team.

Below are the friendly games lined up for the team in Bulgaria

01.07. 2022. 

Mavlon FC vs FC Montana. 

Match Time: 5pm.

Venue: Evima Football Field, Bansko, Bulgaria. 


Mavlon FC vs FC Makedonija G.P.(NMacedonia). 

Match Time: 5pm.

Venue: Evima Football Field, Bansko, Bulgaria.


Mavlon FC vs FC Levski-Krumovgrad. Match Time: 5pm.

Venue: Evima Football Field, Bansko, Bulgaria.


Mavlon FC vs Levski-Karlovo. 

Game Time: 10:30am

Venue: Evima Football Field, Bansko, Bulgaria. 

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