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Former Super Eagles Footballers Ifeanyi Udeze, Ike Shornmu and Femi Opabunmi Unveiled As Judges at Naija Soccer Stars Reality TV Show.

The Naija Soccer Stars Reality TV Show continued into day two of the show with the unveiling of three ex super eagles players, Ifeanyi Udeze, Ike Shornmu and Femi Opabunmi as judges of the TV show.

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The judges who played at the highest level of their footballing career were teammates in the super Eagles national football that represented Nigeria at the 2002 Korea-Japan FIFA World cup.

Ike Shorunmu who is one of the judges at the Naija Soccer Stars Reality TV Show is an ex super eagles goalkeeper born in Lagos, Nigeria.

He manned the goalposts for Nigeria in his capacity as a Number 1 goalkeeper and played at the 2002 FIFA world cup among other competitions. He is an accomplished goalkeeper whose football career spanned over two decades.

He started his professional football career with Stationery Stores FC then Concord FC. He also played for Shooting Stars FC of Ibadan and then he jetted out to Switzerland where he played for Basel FC then Besiktas FC, Turkey FC. Ike Shorunmu also in his career played for Lucerne amongst other clubs.

Ike Shorunmu had a good coaching career where he served as the Nigerian super eagle’s goalkeeper coach for two spells. He also coached Enyinmba between 2007 and 2010, then was the Heartland coach in 2010.

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Ike Ibrahim Shoronmu will be bringing his wealth of experience as a national team goalkeeper and coach to help groom the young football starlets at the Naija Soccer Stars reality tv show.

Veteran footballer, Femi Opabunmi was also unveiled as one of the judges of the Naija Soccer Stars Reality TV Show.

The Lagos born striker who was also an ex super eagles player l represented Nigeria at many international football tournaments including the 2002 world cup.

Femi Opabunmi played for Shooting Stars FC, Grasshoppers FC of Zurich Switzerland, Hapoel Beer Sheva of Isreal and Chamois Noirtais in France. He helped Nigeria win the U-17 African Championship in 2001 and the Silver medal at the FIFA U-17 world cup in 2001.

Femi Opabunmi is currently the head coach of Alamu football academy in Iwo Osun State and will combine his experience at the field of play and as a coach to help groom the young players at the show.

Formidable Super Eagles defender, Ifeanyi Udeze is also known as “man wey Sabi” was unveiled as the third judge of the Naija Soccer Stars Reality TV Show.

The ex-international who manned the defence line for the Super Eagles in his heydays was also part of the Super Eagles squad at the Korea-Japan FIFA World cup in 2002.

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Ifeanyi Udeze’s time at the national team spanned between 2000 and 2005 while his footballing career spanned over two decades.

Ifeanyi Udeze played for Bendel Insurance FC in 1997 before proceeding to Greece where he played for AO Kavalas then PAOK Thessaloniki then to England where he joined the prestigious Wesbromich Albion in 2003. He later went back to Greece where he played for AEK Athens then came back home to play for Bendel Insurance for the second time and had a short and final stint with PAOK between 2007 and 2008.

Right now he is an amiable on-air pundit working with Brilla FM Lagos.

Upon the arrival of the judges, the camp guests burst into excitement. Ifeanyi Udeze charged the players to give their best throughout the show.

He said:

“It is an honour to be a part of this laudable programme. Naija Soccer Stars is a welcome development that I will love to commend, not only is it the first of its kind in Nigeria, it is something that has never been done anywhere in the world.
I hope that that player will give there be at their best so that through this programme we might discover the next Ifeanyi Udeze.. “

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Ike Shorunmu spoke about the need for dedication.

He said:

“I’m so glad to be a part of Naija Soccer Stars. It will be an amazing show. We hope to discover talents through this platform because our country is a bundle of talent. These talents can be put to good use when they are discovered and groomed but dedication is very important. Hopefully, we can discover talents that will make our country proud. .”

Femi Opabunmi on his part spoke to the excited camp guests about the need to remain disciplined and focused.

He said:

“Firstly, I’ll like to appreciate the organizers of Naija Soccer Stars. This is a commendable innovation. It is the first of its kind in Nigeria and indeed in Africa and our goal is to discover as many talents as possible. My advice to the players is that you are disciplined throughout this show and make proper use of this one in a lifetime opportunity.”

Following the arrival of the judges, the players proceeded to the field of play.

Adamawa FC and Lagos FC

The opening match of the show was between Adamawa FC and Lagos FC which ended 1:0 in favour of Adamawa.

 

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