30-man Flying Eagles squad departs for Niamey tomorrow

Flying Eagles squad

Flying Eagles squad

By Muhyideen Jimoh/ Abuja

Nigeria’s national U-20 men’s football team, the Flying Eagles, will on Thursday depart Abuja for the WAFU B U-20 championships in Niamey, Niger Republic.

Head coach of the team, Ladan Bosso has selected 30 players after more than a week’s training in Abuja.

The biannual WAFU tournament, which serves as qualification for the U-20 AFCON in Egypt, 2023, will hold from May 7 till May 20 in Niamey.

The Flying Eagles, seven-time African champions, are in Group B alongside perennial rivals Ghana and Burkina Faso.

Hosts, Niger Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, Togo and Benin Republic would do battle in Group A.

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The top two teams from each group will progress to the semi finals of the competition and only the two finalists would qualify for Egypt.

The players selected include: Goalkeepers: Nathaniel Nwosu (Water FC); Chijioke Aniagboso (Giant Brillars); Saheed Jimoh (Adoration FC)

Defenders: Opeyemi Omooloyi (Akure City); Abubakar Babaji (Niger Tornadoes); Lekan Oyedele (Remo Stars); Oluwatosin Adegbite (Enyimba FC); Augustine Njoku (Abia Warriors); Chikezie Okolie (Giant Brillars); David Sholumade (Akwa United); Benjamin Frederick (ABS FC)

Midfielders: Anas Hassan (Vandrezzer FC); Daniel Daga (FC One Rocket); Oluwaseyi Falodun (Jossy United); Samson Lawal (Katsina United); Onuche Ogbelu (Fosla Academy); Muhammad Aminu (Gombe United); Muhammad Shehu (Katsina United); Frederick Godwin (City FC)

Forwards: Adams Olubi (FK Zalgris Vilnius, Lithuania); Tolulope Ojo (Remo Stars); Ibrahim Muhammad (Maikunkele FC); Ibrahim Yahaya (Gombe United); Rilwanu Haliru Sarki (Mahanaim FC); Divine Nwachukwu (Adoration FC); Ahmed Abdullahi (HB Academy); Abdullahi Adam (Nasarawa United); Albert Hilary (Plateau United).

The team would play a couple of friendly matches in Niamey before the final squad would be announced for the competition

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