“A lineup of stars from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) will be participating in the historic Ramon de Carranza Trophy for the first time ever, courtesy of LaLiga World. Through this initiative, LaLiga aims to continue to promote and showcase Spanish football, as well as to further the development of the game in other countries, such as Nigeria in this instance.
The All-Star squad – which will be made up of 22 players from the West African country’s league, as selected by coaches from the competition – will join Malaga CF, Atletico Madrid and hosts Cadiz CF in this prestigious pre-season tournament.
The Nigerians’ opening game in the event will come on 12 August, when they will lock horns with Malaga in a semi-final encounter, with the other semi that same day pitting Atletico against Cadiz. Depending on the results, the African visitors will then contest either the final or the third-place playoff, both of which will be held on the 13th.
The foundations for the NPFL stars’ tour of Spain and involvement in the Ramon de Carranza Trophy were laid by the collaboration agreement signed in April between LaLiga president Javier Tebas and Shehu Dikko, the chairman of the League Management Company of Nigeria”.