Head Coach Paul Aigbogun has named Captain Ikouwem Utin, goalkeeper Olawale Oremade, midfielder Kingsley Michael and forward Henry Offia in his list of 21 players for this year’s FIFA U20 World Cup finals in Poland.
Also included are defender Valentine Ozornwafor – named in the Team of the Tournament at the U-20 AFCON in Niger Republic in February – and attacking midfielder Effiom Maxwell.
Aigbogun spoke to the players over dinner at their Bad Goegging, Germany training camp on Monday where he unveiled the list.
The announcement by Aigbogun comes less than 24 hours before the team tackle Austrian club, Red Bull Salzburg, in Salzburg on Tuesday (today) evening. The squad’s final pre-World Cup friendly will be against Red Bull Leipzig in Germany on Friday, with the delegation flying out of Germany to Tychy on Sunday.
The Flying Eagles play Qatar, the United States of America and Ukraine in that order at the championship in Poland, with their first game against Qatar in Tychy on May 24.
Goalkeepers: Detan Ogundare (Kogi United), Olawale Oremade (Kwara United), Jonathan Zaccala (Triestina, Italy)
Defenders: Valentine Ozornwafor (Enyimba),Aliu Salawudeen (Amuneke Academy), Igoh Ogbu (Rosenborg, Norway), Ikouwem Utin (Enyimba), Muhammad Rabiu (Plateau United), Jamil Muhammad (Kano Pillars)
Midfielders: Nnamdi Ofoborh (Bournemouth, England), Eletu Peter (Prince Kazeem FC), Ayotomiwa Dele-Bashiru (Man City, England), Kingsley Michael (Perugia, Italy), Effiom Maxwell (Enyimba), Aniekeme Okon (Akwa United), Collins Sor (Oasis)
Forwards: Jerome Adams (Sogndal, Norway), Tijani Muhammed (Banik Ostrava, Czech), Henry Offia (Sirius Uppsala, Sweden), Chinonso Emeka (Club Brookhouse, England), Success Makanjuola (Water FC)