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Ex Super Eagles striker, Benedict Akwuegbu "Austrian" returns to action

Posted : 27 May 2024

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He might have hung up his boots many years ago, but the desire, passion, and willingness to play the beautiful game of football are still as fresh as the morning dew.

For this reason, former Super Eagles striker Benedict Akwuegbu, also known as the Austrian Bomber, has been listed among the star-studded squad for FC Global Kickers, who will square up against Portsmouth Legends in a Charity Match.

The match, slated for Monday, May 27th, 2024, will be played at John Jenkins Stadium, Moneyfield, Portsmouth.

Tickets for the match are already on sale, priced at £12 per adult and £5 per child. The FC Global Kickers side will parade football legends from Germany and Austria.

Among the big names are Alan Edward Knights, who holds the enviable record of making the most appearances for a single club by a goalkeeper, with 680 appearances in all competitions between 1978 and 2000.

Benedict Akwuegbu and Anton Polster, both Austrian legends, are expected to partner in the attacking role.

In the Portsmouth team, legends such as defender and midfielder David Waterman and Guy Butters, who both joined Portsmouth in 1990 and were part of the 1992 FA Cup semi-final squad, will feature.

Former Portsmouth captain Paul Robinson is also expected to take part in the Charity game.

The event aims not only to assemble former legends of the game but also to ensure that profits from ticket sales are split equally between Pompey in the Community and Global Family, a charity dedicated to supporting families worldwide.

Benedict Akwuegbu began his youth career with Mighty Jets Int'l FC of Jos between 1989 and 1991 and later returned to the club in 2016 as technical director.

He served as Assistant General Manager of Heartland FC between 2012 and 2013.

The Austrian Bomber also played for Nigeria's national U-17, U-20, and U-23 teams.

His Super Eagles career lasted for 5 years between 2000 and 2005, during which he played in the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea Japan. He also won silver with the Super Eagles in the Africa Nations Cup of 2000.

This Charity match on Monday will be eagerly anticipated by many, both in Nigeria and the rest of the world, as forward Benedict "Austrian Bomber" Akwuegbu returns to the pitch once again.


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