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Bahrain was the first country outside the Arabia peninsula to embrace Islam during the lifetime of Prophet Mohammed. It came just eight years after the Prophet’s flight from Mecca to Medina.
 
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By Tanya Lunn   »   When friends heard that I was heading off to an adventurous new life in Bahrain, naturally they were quick to offer advice on adjusting to life in a very different environment to that of New Zealand. 
“You won’t be able to take the cats, of course.  No one keeps pets in the Gulf,” one authority on the subject told me, having spent a fortnight with friends in Dubai.

“There’s nothing to do there.  You can’t even have a nice garden in the desert,” said my neighbour’s horticulturist mother who knew a pilot working for an Arabian airline.

“Well, sports will be a distant memory for you up in the Middle East.  I guess they swim and play a bit of tennis and of course you could ride horses if you’re into controlling wild Arab stallions in the sand dunes.  But as for cricket and rugby – well, I couldn’t go there!” lamented a keen triathlete who water skis and goes fishing in any spare time left over after watching his kids play mini-rugby at the weekend.

Eight years, two cats, five rabbits, eight birds and 47 fish later, I’m just planning a trip to the garden centre for another load of petunias to brighten up the patio as the lawnmower roars past the cascading bougainvillaea and hibiscus that frame the grass in our palm-dotted garden. 

And sports? Our family enjoys regular sailing – competitive, recreational and tuition – at the Bahrain Yacht Club; golf at Riffa Golf Club and squash (on a rather erratic basis, though keen squash players can join a number of leagues run by sporting clubs, including the Duffers’ League that has been going for a number of years and has around 100 players). Our daughter also plays netball and, on occasion, tag rugby.

Yes… there is rugby in Bahrain!  Bahrain Rugby Club’s Cable & Wireless grounds in Saar provide excellent grass playing fields for the country’s rugby matches against visiting teams from as far afield as Ireland.  There have even been ‘friendlies’ versus teams from, among others, visiting New Zealand Navy ships (something that would surely gladden the heart of my Kiwi friend whose kids, incidentally, could join a mini rugby training team at the Rugby Club with ease). 

As it happens, the largely expatriate Bahrain rugby team is one of the strongest sides in the Gulf.  Other sports played at the Rugby Club include soccer, netball and circuit training, while the addition in 2001 of a new pool has led to the recent introduction of swim training squads – mixed, ladies’ and junior groups.  Call the club on 1769 5809 for more information. 

Five-a-side hockey is played on an occasional basis at the Rugby Club, while the Pakistani and Young Goans Clubs also have hockey teams.

The cricket nets at the Rugby Club provide a popular training spot for many would-be fast bowlers, but a great deal of the real cricket action takes place in the outfield of Bahrain’s abundant empty lots.  From Sanabis to Sitra and Manama to Muharraq, the ‘thwack’ of leather on willow resonates around the surrounding buildings as the pride of the resident Indian, Pakistani and Sri Lankan cricketing fraternity take each other on.  Most of the country’s better cricket pitches are to be found in Riffa, in the desert area just below the Riffa escarpment.

Cricket leagues flourish and the standard is very high, with several players having played at a senior level in India.  Matches between clubs such as the Bahrain Cricket Club and the Indian Cricket Club, for example, attract a high spectator turnout. The Bahrain Cricket Association (tel 39633298) can tell you more.

If you’re on holiday and would like to join a friendly game you could always try the Awali Cricket Club which plays at the 60-year-old Awali Oval.  Social games take place there on Thursday afternoons and there’s even tea in the pavilion.  The phone number for the club is 17756959.

Cricket is not a game with a great following among Bahrainis – but soccer is an entirely different matter.  This is perhaps the most popular sport in the Middle East and almost a national obsession, with every village sporting a pair of goal posts at either end of a sandy football pitch. Bahrain’s youths turn out in force for sundown kick-arounds and many have gone on to play for their local club.  There are 26 football clubs in the country, 18 of them in the premier league.

Bahrain’s national football team beat Iraq and Iran in matches in the preliminary round of the World Cup qualifiers for 2002. Call the Bahrain Football Association (17685775) for information on upcoming matches.

Another game loved by Bahrainis is basketball.  Regular matches are scheduled in the Juffair Dome, where international fixtures take place. If you’d like to catch a game, the Bahrain Basketball Association (17713019) can give you a list of upcoming games.

Waterskiing, once the favourite sport of this family, has taken a back seat for us – not because of lack of facilities, of which there are many, but due to pressure of work.  Of course, if you’re visiting Bahrain on holiday, that shouldn’t be a problem for you and you’ll find boats keen to take you out at all the leading beach resorts and watersports clubs.    

Boating and sailing are, naturally enough for an island nation where the temperature of the shallow coastal waters is pleasant year-round, very popular and relatively easy to arrange. You may be lucky enough to find that your hosts are among the considerable number of people in the country who own a boat, but if not, try the Bahrain Yacht Club (17700677) or Zallaq Sailing Club (17836078) – the former also offers boat trips out to see the dolphins.  If you’re a competitive sailor, see if you can hitch a ride crewing in a Cruiser Fleet race, or maybe even in the annual Cable & Wireless Regatta, which is organised by the Bahrain Yacht Club in October each year. 

Those who prefer to let others do the work can hire private dhows for day trips.  These traditional Gulf boats offer a unique way of seeing some of the outlying islands (fashts), most of them barely more than sandbars.  The cost of hiring a dhow means you’ll probably need a group to make it cost-effective, but it’s amazing how easy it is to persuade people into taking a dhow trip!  Be prepared to bring your own food and drink, not to mention plenty of sun protection.  The experience is well worth it, and guaranteed to make memories that will linger long after the tan has faded.

Another exciting boat trip to take is the one to Hawar, a glittering jewel of a beach resort set in the aquamarine waters of the Gulf south-east of Bahrain’s main island.  Not only are the beach and swimming pool facilities superb, there are ample opportunities for sailors and fishermen to enjoy their sport, while paddle boats, kayaks and jetskis (and pushbikes!) can be hired from the hotel. Call 17849111 for details.

Jetskiing is also available at a number of locations on ‘mainland’ Bahrain, including at the Yacht Club, Al Bander Resort (17701201), the Marina Club (17291527) and the Ritz Carlton (17580000).  The Ritz boasts a superb white sandy beach fringed by date palms, a lagoon and a man-made island, not to mention a luxurious indoor/outdoor pool complex.  The resort offers the chance to go paragliding, water-skiing, windsurfing, sailing and kayaking or take a ride on a pedalo or ‘banana’.  Marina facilities are also available.

Fishing is another popular pastime in Bahrain and annual fishing competitions attract a high number of entries, including one run annually by the Yacht Club in early October. Typically, a good catch for a day’s recreational fishing in Bahrain could include a hamour (local variety of grouper) weighing 8-10kg, so you’re not talking tiddlers here.  To find out more about the contest, which is open to everyone, call Mohammed Hakiki on 17700677. 

Even if you aren’t the fishing type, the weigh-in at around 4pm on competition day always draws a big crowd of spectators with cameras at the ready - in 2001, a stingray weighing in at over 50kg took first prize!

Seeing marine life in its natural habitat can also be enjoyed in Bahrain’s warm waters.
Most watersports clubs offer dive courses, but if you’re a qualified diver and you’d like to go exploring beneath the waves – well, ripples really in these tranquil waters! – you should contact Aquatique (17271780), which offers guided dives starting at BD30 for two dives.  Marine turtles, dolphins and dugong are all to be found among the brilliantly-coloured fish that populate Bahrain’s waters. Underwater visibility is best in the summer.  When booking a dive, be prepared to show your diving certification card.

It goes without saying that ice-skating was one of those sports we thought we’d have to forgo in Bahrain, and I am happy to report that we were wrong! You can even take lessons from a former Scottish figure skating champion at Bahrain’s recently upgraded ice rink in the Funland Centre, on the Al Fateh Corniche. I think one of my enduring memories of life in Bahrain will be the incongruous sight of Arab men gliding gracefully around the rink clad in traditional national dress of the long white thobe and ghutra headdress, designed to keep the wearer cool under a blistering desert sun!

Running is a pastime enjoyed by many, and if competitive running is in your blood, you might want to get in touch with the Bahrain Cross Country and Road Runners (CCRR) Club. The club organises races, varying in distance from 3km to a full marathon, every weekend and visitors are welcome to enter for the nominal sum of 500 fils (call Adnan Al-Qassab on 17689320 or check out www.bahrain-ccrr.org).

Hash House Harriers, the international social runners’ organisation, has a chapter in Bahrain comprising around 100 members.  The Hash meets on Mondays at 5pm and runs are followed by a barbecue.  All comers are welcome – you can obtain recorded directions to meets by calling 17862620.

Arabia is home to some of the world’s finest horses and the tradition of horsemanship goes back thousands of years in the Middle East, where it is a deeply-rooted passion. Today, show jumping, flat racing and endurance riding combine to form a horse scene that keeps riders busy throughout the year.  Casual riders are welcomed at most stables.  Try the Dilmun Club  (17690926) in Saar; Twin Palms (17591668) at Shakhoora or the Country Club (17593593) in Janussan, all of which offer riding lessons and hacking for riders of all ages and abilities. 

If equine speed is your thing, you can enjoy a day at Bahrain’s national racecourse at Sakhir.  Organised by the Equestrian and Horse Racing Club, race meetings are held on Fridays from October to May and feature some of the Gulf’s finest horses from Bahrain’s Amiri Court stables.  Bahrain’s ruling Al Khalifa family has a deep love of horses and racing and keenly monitors the breeding programmes of both traditional Arab horses as well as thoroughbreds. The country has four official stud farms, breeding around 1,500 registered thoroughbred foals annually.

Land speed of a different type can be enjoyed at Rally Town (612992), near the Saudi Causeway and the Silver Go-Kart Circuit (780011) in Tubli where you can test your skill on a variety of karts of varying engine sizes.  Karting as a sport has fired the imagination of a number of residents in the country to the extent that an annual 24-hour endurance rally, the Bahrain Superkart Challenge, now takes place at the National Stadium in Isa Town. 

And of course, the country is already getting fired up by Formula One fever, with the first ever F-1 race in the Middle East to be staged here in 2004.

Of course not everyone likes their excitement in such an adrenaline-pumping manner.  If you prefer the quieter pursuits of Mah Jong, chess, bridge or Scrabble you will find groups who meet regularly to play all of these. 

Bahrain’s Scrabble League is something of a legend in the area, and its chairman, Roy Kietzman, is known by the Dubai Scrabble fraternity as ‘The Grandad of Gulf Scrabble’! The league has around 40 players and meets twice weekly, on Mondays at the Hilton and on Fridays at the Diplomat Hotel.  Players of all abilities are welcome at the meetings, which are organised by the Bahrain Mind Sports Association  (BMSA) – call 17242641 for more information.  

Also under the umbrella of BMSA are clubs for chess (call 39468715) and bridge, played on Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays with Ladies’ Mornings on Sundays and Tuesdays (contact 39687190).

To get back to those two sports that my friend thought would be on offer in Bahrain, namely tennis and swimming, well, he was right!  You can swim just about everywhere.  There’s the sea, of course, and I wouldn’t like to hazard a guess as to the number of swimming pools on the island – it must run into the hundreds. 

Tennis courts are similarly ubiquitous and the game is played by so many people at so many places, it’s hard to know where to start.  All resorts and sporting clubs offer tennis coaching and joining a tennis ladder is easy.  Try the Tennis Association on 17687236.

What else can you do in Bahrain?  Gymnasia and fitness centres are to be found at health and sports clubs throughout the island and all the five-star hotels have gyms with resident instructors and trainers.

Ten pin bowling has seen an upsurge in popularity since the opening of the new 12-lane Bahrain Bowling Centre at the Seef complex. You can also bowl at the Busheri Bowling Centre in Budaiya and at Al Bander Resort, and there’s short-lane ‘neon’ bowling at Magic Island in Seef Mall.

All this is certainly more than enough to keep the average sports enthusiast extremely busy for several years – the only problem is that work tends to get rather annoyingly in the way. 

Readers have left 6 comments.
 1. Moving to Bahrain from USA
James J. Lattrelle, Unregistered
I will be moving to Bahrain in the next month, I am looking to find any football(soccer) leauges to watch or play in, I am a big footballer from my days in Germany where I played and coached. When I arrived back in the states i once again played compeitive and recreational soccer as well as coached school level teams with great success. When I move there (teaching) I look forward to the chance to get back on the pitch in some way. Please e-mail my address with any information like when is the season?
 Posted 2006-07-27 17:57:53
 2. Looking for a football club in Bahrain
Jerry, Unregistered
I am Jerry Springer Iheagwam. I am 21 years of age and i am a football player. I saw your club address in the internet.

I play football in Porthearcourt Rivers State.
I would like to inform you that i would like to play in your club.
Presently i am in Nigeria.

I would be grateful if you extend an official invitation to me.
Anticipating to hearing from you in earnest.

Yours Sincerly,
Jerry
 Posted 2006-10-19 06:13:15
 3. i need a football club in bahrain
kadiri sunday, Unregistered
M MASTER KADIRI -SUNDAY..........FOOTBALLER

NAME SURNAME.....KADIRi
FIRST NAME..............SUNDAY
MIDDLE NAME...........GERRY
DATE OF BIRTH..........10TH MARCH 1987
SEX.............................MALE
STATE OF ORIGIN........EDO STATE
LOCAL GOVERNMENT...ETSAKO L.G.A
TOWN.........................AZUKHALA
RESIDENCE ADDRESS....3,YISA OROKI STREET COKER ORILE IGANMU SURULERE
LAGOS
NATIONALITY.............NIGERIA
HEIGHT.....................1.75fit
WEIGHT....................65KG
POSITION.....................RIGHT FULL BACK DEFENCE
PRESENT CLUB.............EREKO F.C
PREVIOUS CLUB .........ST.CHARLES F.C
MARTIAL STATUS.........SINGLE
INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT NUMBER...... A3426823A




FOOTBALL HONOURS


GOLD MEDAL WINNERS PERISH CUP......2001 SQUARD
SAMUAL OPARAGI,S CUP................2001 SQUARD
MOBOLAGI JOHNSON,S CUP.............2001 SQUARD
OBA,S CUP........................................2002 SQUARD
ORIENT CUP.........................................2002 SQUARD
SILVER WINNERS TRADERS CUP..........2002 SQUARD
ROYAL STAR F.C..................................2003SQUARD
NIKkERS F.C ..........................................2003 SQUARD null
 Posted 2007-02-21 05:09:13
 4. Trials offer for our players in Bahrain
prince ogedengbe kelvin adewa, Unregistered
My name is prince ogedengbe kelvin adewale. I am the Chairman/CEO of the African Stars Sport International while African Stars Soccer Club and African Elite Soccer School are both a division of the firm. I am sending this information, knowing fully well that when you view our player’s soccer C.Vs, you will be very glad to do business with us. We would also appreciate it if you invite any of the players for soccer trials. Please endeavor to get in touch with the management as soon as possible. The soccer C.VS, We have below belongs to some of our young and talented African Stars Soccer players from the age of 16 to 23 years of age.
Thank you so much for you sincere co-operation. Hope to read from you soonest.




SURNAME: OGBONNA

OTHER NAMES: EBERE NELSON

DATE OF BIRTH: JULY 21ST,1989

NATIONALITY: NIGERIAN

SEX: MALE

MARITAL STATUS: SINGLE

WEIGHT: 62KG

HEIGHT: 1.75

PASSPORT NUMBER: A2943391A

HEALTH CONDITION: EXCELLENT

BEST POSITION: DEFENDER (Central Defense)

OTHER POSITION: RIGHT FULL BACK

HOBBIES: READING AND SWIMMING

TELEPHONE NUMBER: 234-8024283993

HEADING:8/10 SPEED:9/10

SHOOTING:7/10 TECHNICAL:9/10

SKILLS:8/10 ENDURANCE:10/10

FIGHTING SPIRIT:10/10 DRIBBLING:7/10

CONTACT ADDRESS:

18,IGBEHINADUN STREET, ORILE IGANMU,
COKER AGUDA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA,
LAGOS,NIGERIA.

E-MAIL:

PREVIOUS AND PRESENT CLUB:

2000 - 2001 FARMERS ACADEMY F C LAGOS, NIGERIA
2001 - 2002 SOCCER WARRIORS F C LAGOS, NIGERIA
2002 - 2003 GRASS ROOT F C LAGOS, NIGERIA
2003 - 2005 AFRICAN STARS SOCCER CLUB LAGOS

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL CAP:

2002 -INVITED TO UNDER 14 NGFFF TEAM, NIGERIA
2004 -INVITED TO NAVA STARS NATIONAL CAMP
2005 -INVITED TO YOUTH FOOTBALL FESTIVAL HUNGARY

Characterize:

A very good player with nice move to the game, good ball control,
good marking ability, good dribbling. He played in the defensive
role and he has a very good stamina.

Availability

He is ready for trials any time, for any team who want to see him.
If the team can cover the costs of the trip, it is better.

Honors:

- Team captain of soccer warriors football club 2001 to 2002
- The Nigeria Grass-Root Team Captain (N.G.F.F) 2002.
- National champion of champions second best defender of the year 2003
- The best defender of Nava Staffs Cup game 2004 Abuja.
- Under 16 Governors cup goal medalist with African Stars Soccer Club.

References:

- Coach Sunny Epochi : Farmers Academy F C (234-8023681923)
- Coach Gadeidowu G A : Real talent F C (234-8056542117)
- Coach Ibechodo A C : Eveready Football Club (234-8056227130)
- Coach Banjo Kamilu : Vanguard Football Club (234-8023198977)
- coach Dare Samuel : Golden Stars football club (234-8023198977).

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SURNAME: NWANKPA

OTHER NAMES: UCHE FRANK

DATE OF BIRTH: AUGUST 08TH, 1989

NATIONALITY: NIGERIAN

SEX: MALE

MARITAL STATUS: SINGLE

HEIGHT: 1.7M

WEIGHT: 60KG

PASSPORT NUMBER: A2943521A

HEALTH CONDITION: EXCELLENT

BEST POSITION: ATTACK MID-FIELDER

OTHER POSITIONS: DEFENSIVE MID-FIELDER

HOBBIES: PLAYING OF TABLE TENNIS AND SWIMMING

TELEPHONE NUMBER: 234-8024283993

HEADING: 10/10 SPEED: 9/10

SHOOTING: 9/10 TECHNICAL: 10/10

SKILLS: 9/10 ENDURANCE: 10/10

FIGHTING SPIRIT: 10 /10 DRIBBLING: 9/10

CONTACT ADDRESS:

18, IGBEHIN-ADUN STREET, ORILE IGANMU,
COKER AGUDA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA,
LAGOS, NIGERIA.

E-MAIL:

WEBSITE: www.africanstarssc.20m.com

PREVIOUS AND PRESENT CLUB:

2000 - 2001 NIGER DOCK FOOTBALL ACADEMY LAGOS
2001 - 2005 AFRICAN STARS SOCCER CLUB LAGOS

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL CAPS:

2002 -INVITED TO UNDER 14 NFA TEAM, NIGERIA
2004 -INVITED TO NAVA STARS NATIONAL CAMP
2005 -INVITED TO YOUTH FOOTBALL FESTIVAL HUNGARY

CHARACTERIZE:

He is also an inspirational player with a clear vision of the game. The only thing he knows how to do best is to put the ball at the back of the net and that remind you of great player like Pele of Brazil by the venture of his game e.g. eyes for goals, good foot work and excellent ball control, good marking ability, good dribbling. He played in the midfield, as an attacking mid-fielder. He never get tired of partaking in goal scoring. He is always one of the players you should also wash out for on the field of play.

AVAILABILITY:

He is also ready for trials any day any time, for any teams that want to see him. If the team can cover the costs of his trip, it is better.

HONORS:

- Highest goal scorer Nava Staffs game 2004 Abuja.
- The best player of the Nava Staff 2004 U15 tournamentin,Abuja.
- U16 Gov.cup gold medalist with African Stars Soccer Club.

REFERENCES:

- Coach Sunny Epochi : Farmers Academy F C (234-8023681923)
- Coach Gadeidowu G A : Real talent F C (234-8056542117)
- Coach Ibechodo A C : Eveready Football Club (234-8056227130)
- Coach Banjo Kamilu : Vanguard Football Club (234-8023198977)
- coach Dare Samuel : Golden Stars football club (234-8023198977).
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SURNAME: GABRIEL

OTHER NAMES: LEKAN OLUWASHOLA

DATE OF BIRTH: MAY 05TH, 1984

NATIONALITY: NIGERIAN

SEX: MALE

MARITAL STATUS: SINGLE

HEIGHT: 1.8M

WEIGHT: 74KG

PASSPORT NUMBER: A1965500

HEALTH CONDITION: EXCELLENT

BEST POSITION: ATTACK (Top Striker)

OTHER POSITIONS: ATTACKING AND DEFENSIVE MID-FIELDER

HOBBIES: PLAYING OF TABLE TENNIS AND SWIMMING

TELEPHONE NUMBER: 234-8024283993

HEADING: 10/10 SPEED: 9/10

SHOOTING: 9/10 TECHNICAL: 10/10

SKILLS: 9/10 ENDURANCE: 10/10

FIGHTING SPIRIT:10 /10 DRIBBLING: 9/10

CONTACT ADDRESS:

18, IGBEHIN-ADUN STREET, ORILE IGANMU,
COKER AGUDA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA,
LAGOS, NIGERIA.

E-MAIL:

PREVIOUS AND PRESENT CLUB:

1998 - 1999 NIGER DOCK FOOTBALL CLUB LAGOS
2000 - 2001 FIRST BANK FC. LAGOS, NIGERIA.
2001 - 2003 UNION BANK FC LAGOS, NIGERIA
2005 - AFRICAN STARS SOCCER CLUB LAGOS

NATIONAL CAPS:

2002 - INVITED TO UNDER 23 NATIONAL TEAM
2003 - INVITED TO SUPER EAGLES NATIONAL CAMP

CHARACTERIZE:

He is also an inspirational player with a clear vision of the game. The only thing he knows how to do best is to put the ball at the back of the net and that remind you of great player like Pele of Brazil by the venture of his game e.g. eyes for goals, good foot work and excellent ball control, good marking ability, good dribbling. He played in the attack, as an attacker like every other good attackers. He never get tired of scoring goals. He is always one of the players you should also wash out for on the field of play.

AVAILABILITY:

He is also ready for try-out any day any time, for any teams that want to see him. If the team can cover the costs of the trip, it is better or other wise.

HONORS:

- Highest goal scorer DIV 1 PRO 2003 Lagos State F.A. Cup runner up.
- Highest goal scorer Amateur Div.2 Champion with African Stars Soccer Club of Lagos.
- The best player in national's Division 1 in 2003 session.
- On athletics: - First place on the county.
- Governors cup goal medalist 2004 with African Stars Soccer Club.

REFERENCES:

- Coach Sunny Epochi : Farmers Academy F C (234-8023681923)
- Coach Gadeidowu G A : Real talent F C (234-8056542117)
- Coach Ibechodo A C : Eveready Football Club (234-8056227130)
- Coach Banjo Kamilu : Vanguard Football Club (234-8023198977)
- coach Dare Samuel : Golden Stars football club (234-8023198977).

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SURNAME: OKEKE


OTHER NAMES: PETER OBINNA


DATE OF BIRTH: 23RD OF SEPTEMBER, 1986

NATIONALITY: NIGERIAN


SEX: MALE


MARITAL STATUS: SINGLE


HEIGHT: 1.76M


WEIGHT: 74KG


PASSPORT NUMBER: A2105191 DATE ISSUED: 19 / 11 / 2003


HEALTH CONDITION: EXCELLENT DATE EXPIRE: 18 / 11 / 2008


BEST POSITION: DEFENDER (OUT-SIDE LEFT)


OTHER POSITIONS: ATTACKING AND DEFENSIVE MID-FIELDER


HOBBIES: SINGING AND SWIMMING


TELEPHONE NUMBER: 234-8056008972


HEADING: 10/10 SPEED: 9/10


SHOOTING: 9/10 TECHNICAL: 10/10


SKILLS: 8/10 ENDURANCE: 10/10


FIGHTING SPIRIT: 10 /10 DRIBBLING: 9/10


CONTACT ADDRESS:


18, IGBEHIN-ADUN STREET, ORILE IGANMU,
COKER AGUDA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA,
LAGOS, NIGERIA.


E-MAIL:

EVIOUS AND PRESENT CLUB:

1993 - 1996 ALL STARS SOCCER ACADEMY OF LAGOS

1996 - 1998 NIGER DOCK SOCCER ACADEMY LAGOS, NIGERIA.
1999 - 2000 LAGOS UNITED AMATEUR LAGOS, NIGERIA
2001 - 2003 SOCCER WARRIORS SOCCER CLUB LAGOS, NIGERIA
2006 - AFRICAN STARS SOCCER CLUB LAGOS

CHARACTERIZE:


He is a strong defender, with a clear vision of the game. The only thing he knows how to do best, is not to allow his opponents to put the ball at the back of his net and that remind you of great player like Ferdinand of Manchester United by the venture of his game e.g. eyes to defend goals, good foot work and excellent ball control, good marking ability, good dribbling. He played in the defense, as a defender like every other good defenders. He never get tired of defending goals. He is always one of the players you should also wash out for on the field of play.

AVAILABILITY:


He is also ready for try-out any day any time, for any teams that want to see him.
If the team can cover the costs of the trip, it is better or other wise.

HONORS:


- Best defender of the Month of March & April in the club 2004 .
- Best behave defender award in Champion of Champions soccer Tournament, 2004.
- Governors cup goal medalist 2004 with African Stars Soccer Club.


REFERENCES:


- Coach Sunny Epochi : Farmers Academy F C (234-8023681923)
- Coach Gadeidowu G A : Real talent F C (234-8056542117)
- Coach Ibechodo A C : Eveready Football Club (234-8056227130)
- Coach Banjo Kamilu : Vanguard Football Club (234-8023198977)
- coach Dare Samuel : Golden Stars football club (234-8023198977).

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SURNAME: NZENWATA

OTHER NAMES: SOLOMON

DATE OF BIRTH: JANUARY 10TH,1989

NATIONALITY: NIGERIAN

SEX: MALE

MARITAL STATUS: SINGLE

WEIGHT: 65KG

HEIGHT: 1.8

PASSPORT NUMBER: A2918203A

HEALTH CONDITION: EXCELLENT

BEST POSITION: ATTACK (GOAL GETTER)

OTHER POSITIONS: OUTSIDE RIGHT AND ATTACKING MID-FIELDER

HOBBIES: PLAYING OF GOLF AND HANGING OUT WITH FRIENDS

TELEPHONE NUMBER: 234-8024283993

HEADING:9/10 SPEED:9/10

SHOOTING:9/10 TECHNICAL:9/10

SKILLS:9/10 ENDURANCE:10/10

FIGHTING SPIRIT:10/10 DRIBBLING:9/10

CONTACT ADDRESS:

18,IGBEHINADUN STREET, ORILE IGANMU,
COKER AGUDA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA,
LAGOS, NIGERIA.

E-MAIL:

PREVIOUS AND PRESENT CLUB:

1998 - 1999 CHEVRON F C LAGOS, NIGERIA
1999 - 2001 FIRST BANK F C LAGOS, NIGERIA
2001 - 2003 UNION BANK F C LAGOS, NIGERIA
2005 - AFRICAN STARS SOCCER CLUB LAGOS

NATIONAL CAPS:

2002 - INVITED TO UNDER 14 NATIONAL TEAM
2005 - INVITED TO UNDER 17 NATIONAL TEAM

Characterize:

He is truly an inspirational player with a clear vision about the game. The only thing he knows

how to do best, is to put the ball at the back of the net and that remind you of Henry by the

venture of his game e.g. eyes for goal good foot work and excellent ball control, good marking

ability, good dribbling. He played in the attack like every other good attackers. He is always

one of the players you should wash out for on the field of play .He is very very fast so wash out

for him play.

Availability:

He is also ready for trials any day anytime, for any team who want to see him.
If the team cover the costs of the trip, it is better. or other wise.

Honors:
- Highest goal scorer champion of champion 2002
- The highest goal scorer in national 3 Division 2003
- National champion of champions Man of the match against Ranger F C 2003
- On athletics:- fourth place on the county - Governors cup goal medalist 2004

References:

- Coach Sunny Epochi : Farmers Academy F C (234-8023681923)
- Coach Gadeidowu G A : Real talent F C (234-8056542117)
- Coach Ibechodo A C : Eveready Football Club (234-8056227130)
- Coach Banjo Kamilu : Vanguard Football Club (234-8023198977)
- coach Dare Samuel : Golden Stars football club (234-8023198977).


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SURNAME: ABODUNRIN

OTHER NAMES: WILLIAMS SAHEED

DATE OF BIRTH: 17TH MARCH, 1985

NATIONALITY: NIGERIAN

SEX: MALE

MARITAL STATUS: SINGLE

HEIGHT: 1.76M

WEIGHT: 74KG

PASSPORT NUMBER: A1869888

HEALTH CONDITION: EXCELLENT

BEST POSITION: DEFENSE (Outside Left)

OTHER POSITIONS: ATTACKING AND DEFENSIVE MID-FIELDER

HOBBIES: SINGING AND SWIMMING

TELEPHONE NUMBER: 234-8024283993

HEADING: 10/10 SPEED: 9/10

SHOOTING: 9/10 TECHNICAL: 10/10

SKILLS: 8/10 ENDURANCE: 10/10

FIGHTING SPIRIT: 10 /10 DRIBBLING: 9/10

CONTACT ADDRESS:

18, IGBEHIN-ADUN STREET, ORILE IGANMU,
COKER AGUDA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA,
LAGOS, NIGERIA.

E-MAIL:

PREVIOUS AND PRESENT CLUB:
1993 - 1996 ALL STARS SOCCER ACADEMY OF LAGOS
1996 - 1998 NIGER DOCK SOCCER ACADEMY LAGOS, NIGERIA.
1999 - 2000 LAGOS UNITED AMATEUR LAGOS, NIGERIA
2001 - 2003 SOCCER WARRIORS SOCCER CLUB LAGOS, NIGERIA
2005 - AFRICAN STARS SOCCER CLUB LAGOS

CHARACTERIZE:

He is a strong defender, with a clear vision of the game. The only thing he knows how to do best,

is not to allow his opponents to put the ball at the back of his net and that remind you of great

player like Ferdinand of Manchester United by the venture of his game e.g. eyes to defend goals,

good foot work and excellent ball control, good marking ability, good dribbling. He played in the

defense, as a defender like every other good defenders. He never get tired of defending goals. He

is always one of the players you should also wash out for on the field of play.

AVAILABILITY:

He is also ready for try-out any day any time, for any teams that want to see him.
If the team can cover the costs of the trip, it is better or other wise.

HONORS:

- Best defender of the Month of March & April in the club 2004 .
- Best behave defender award in Champion of Champions soccer Tournament, 2004.
- Governors cup goal medalist 2004 with African Stars Soccer Club.

REFERENCES:

- Coach Sunny Epochi : Farmers Academy F C (234-8023681923)
- Coach Gadeidowu G A : Real talent F C (234-8056542117)
- Coach Ibechodo A C : Eveready Football Club (234-8056227130)
- Coach Banjo Kamilu : Vanguard Football Club (234-8023198977)
- coach Dare Samuel : Golden Stars football club (234-8023198977).

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SURNAME: AMODAH

OTHER NAMES: SODIQ OLAJIDE

DATE OF BIRTH: FEBUARY 18TH, 1989

NATIONALITY: NIGERIAN

SEX: MALE

MARITAL STATUS: SINGLE

WEIGHT: 60KG

HEIGHT: 1.65

PASSPORT NUMBER: A3322621A

HEALTH CONDITION: EXCELLENT

BEST POSITION: ATTACKING MID-FIELDER (SKIMMER)

OTHER POSITION: DEFENSIVE MID-FIELDER

HOBBIES: DANCING AND SWIMMING

TELEPHONE NUMBER: 234-8024283993

HEADING: 5/10 SPEED:8/10

SHOOTING: 8/10 TECHNICAL:8/10

SKILLS: 9/10 ENDURANCE:10/10

FIGHTING SPIRIT:10/10 DRIBBLING:9/10

CONTACT ADDRESS:

18,IGBEHINADUN STREET, ORILE IGANMU,
COKER AGUDA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA,
LAGOS, NIGERIA.

E-MAIL:

PREVIOUS AND PRESENT CLUB:

1999 - 2001 SHELL F C LAGOS, NIGERIA
2001 - 2002 NIGER DOCK FOOTBALL CLUB LAGOS
2005 - AFRICAN STARS SOCCER CLUB LAGOS NIGERIA

NATIONAL CAP:

2003 - INVITED TO UNDER 23 NATIONAL TEAM

CHARACTERIZE:

One of the oldest player in the game of soccer, good knowledge of the game, good ball control,

good marking ability, good dribbling. He played as a skimmer in the mid-field, playmaker that

also remind you of great soccer players in world like, Mara Donna of Argentina. He never get

tired of playing soccer.

AVAILABILITY:

He is ready for trials any time, for any team who wish to see him.
If the team cover the costs of the trip, it is better. or other wise.

HONORS:

- National division three player of the year 2003
- The best player of oba-ore cup 2003
- National champion of champions best behave play award 2003 - Governors cup goal medalist 2004.

REFERENCE:

- Coach Sunny Epochi : Farmers Academy F C (234-8023681923)
- Coach Gadeidowu G A : Real talent F C (234-8056542117)
- Coach Ibechodo A C : Eveready Football Club (234-8056227130)
- Coach Banjo Kamilu : Vanguard Football Club (234-8023198977)
- coach Dare Samuel : Golden Stars football club (234-8023198977).


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SURNAME: OJULOWO

OTHER NAMES: SLIM JOHN

DATE OF BIRTH: OCTOBER 04TH,1986

NATIONALITY: NIGERIAN

SEX: MALE

MARITAL STATUS: SINGLE

WEIGHT: 62KG

HEIGHT: 1.75

PASSPORT NUMBER: A1593690

HEALTH CONDITION: EXCELLENT

BEST POSITION: DEFENSIVE MID-FIELDER (DISTRIBUTOR)

OTHER POSITION: ATTACKING MID-FIELDER

HOBBIES: LOVE TO MAKE PEOPLE LAUGH

TELEPHONE NUMBER: 234-8024283993

HEADING: 6/10 SPEED:7/10

SHOOTING: 8/10 TECHNICAL:9/10

SKILLS: 9/10 ENDURANCE:10/10

FIGHTING SPIRIT: 10/10 DRIBBLING:9/10

CONTACT ADDRESS:

18,IGBEHINADUN STREET, ORILE IGANMU,
COKER AGUDA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA,
LAGOS, NIGERIA.

E-MAIL:

PREVIOUS AND PRESENT CLUB:

2000 - 2002 SOCCER WARRIORS F C LAGOS, NIGERIA
2005 AFRICAN STARS SOCCER CLUB LAGOS

NATIONAL CAP:

1999 - INVITED TO UNDER 17 NATIONAL TEAM
1999 - INVITED TO GRASS ROOT SELECTED SIDE
2000 - INVITED TO 2002 WORLD CUP TEAM

Characterize:

Skillful player, good knowledge of the game, good ball control, good marking ability, good

dribbling. He played as a defensive mid-fielder, playmaker that also remind you of Patrick of

Arsenal in England. He is able to run 3110m (Cooper test) in 10'05'' he never get tired of

playing until the game is finally stopped.

Availability:

He is ready for trials any time, for any team who want to see him.
If the team cover the costs of the trip, it is better. or other wise.

Honors:

- The captain of National Grass root team
- The best player of orient cup 2003
- National champion of champions best defensive mid-fielder 2003
- Governors cup goal medalist 2004

References:

- Coach Sunny Epochi : Farmers Academy F C (234-8023681923)
- Coach Gadeidowu G A : Real talent F C (234-8056542117)
- Coach Ibechodo A C : Eveready Football Club (234-8056227130)
- Coach Banjo Kamilu : Vanguard Football Club (234-8023198977)
- coach Dare Samuel : Golden Stars football club (234-8023198977).


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NAME: PRINCE OGEDENGBE KELVIN ADEWALE
POST HEAD: CEO (CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER) AFRICAN STARS SPORT INTERNATIONAL
CONTACT ADDRESS:
18, IGBEHINADUN STREET, ORILE IGANMU, SURULERE, LAGOS STATE, NIGERIA.
MOBILE: 234-802-428-3993
TEL: 234-01-271-1789
FAX: 234-01-271-1789

WEBSITE : www.africanstarssc.20m.com
 Posted 2007-03-03 09:37:01
 5. The correct contact infomation
prince ogedengbe kelvin adewal, Unregistered
NAME: PRINCE OGEDENGBE KELVIN ADEWALE
POST HEAD: CEO (CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER) AFRICAN STARS SPORT INTERNATIONAL
CONTACT ADDRESS:
18, IGBEHINADUN STREET, ORILE IGANMU, SURULERE, LAGOS STATE, NIGERIA.
MOBILE: 234-805-600-8972
TEL: 234-01-475-7442
FAX: 234-01-271-1789

WEBSITE : www.africanstarssc.20m.com
 Posted 2007-03-03 09:39:48
 6. player
muhkucha eric theworld, Unregistered
am a footballer in cameroon who ill be very happy if any team in ur country can invites me for a trail there,s nothing that u will regrets about me well am a left defender,hoping to hear from u sonest.here is my email.
 Posted 2007-10-11 15:10:59
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