Organisers assign mentors to Naija Super Eight teams
Some Super Eagles legends have been assigned to mentor the eight teams featuring in the Naija Super Eight finals, which kicks off on July 7 in Lagos, the organisers have announced.
In a statement by the tournament organisers, Flykite Productions, yesterday, the organisers said that current Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions, Enyimba, will be mentored by former Ajax winger, Tijani Babangida, while one of the wildcard teams, Sporting Lagos, will be mentored by former VFL Wolfsburg striker, Jonathan Akpoborie.
Super Eagles 2002 World Cup goalkeeper, Ike Shorunmu, will mentor the other wildcard team, Akwa United, with Mutiu Adepoju, assigned to mentor Lobi Stars.
Remo Stars of Ikenne have been assigned former FC Shakhtar Donetsk and Wigan Athletic striker, Julius Aghahowa, as mentor, while Victor Ikpeba, 1997 African Player of the Year, will mentor giant killers, Yobe Desert Stars. Katsina United will be mentored by NPFL legend, Victor Ezeji, while Rivers United got former Super Eagles captain, Garba Lawal.
The mentors, who have been appointed as the ceremonial heads of the clubs, are expected to motivate, advise and support their teams throughout the tournament, to be held at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Lagos from July 7 to 16, 2023.
The Naija Super Eight teams have been paired into two groups of four each. South-East zonal champions, Enyimba, Sporting Lagos, South-West representatives, Remo Stars and North-West zonal champions, Katsina United will trade tackles in group A, while Akwa United will slug it out with South-South zonal champions, Rivers United, North-East representatives, Yobe Desert Stars and Lobi Stars from the North-Central in Group B.
The top two teams in each group will go into the semifinals, with the winners proceeding to the final. Each club will earn N3 million per match at the group stage, with semifinalists also earning an additional N3 million for qualifying.
The runners-up will earn N9 million, while the winners will go home with N25 million.
All Naija Super Eight matches will be broadcast live on SuperSport Football (DStv ch 205 & GOtv ch 61). Naija Super 8 is organised by Flykite Productions in partnership with MultiChoice Nigeria and sponsors, MTN, Hero Lager, DStv, GOtv, SuperSport, Moniepoint, Pepsi and Custodian Assurance.
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