–Coach Manu Garba names U20 W/Cup provisional list
Head Coach of the U-20 National Team, Manu Garba (OON) has released a list of 35 players from which a final list of 21 will emerge to represent Nigeria at this year’s FIFA U-20 World Cup finals in New Zealand.
The list, predictably, includes the new champions of Africa – those who flew the country’s flag to win a seventh African Youth Championship in Senegal last month.
A half-dozen of the players feature for Nigeria Premier League clubs – the rest are either with youth teams of top clubs in Europe or with lower league or academy outfits.
Energetic defender and captain Musa Muhammed tops the list that has four goalkeepers, 10 defenders, 10 midfielders and 11 strikers.
There are also goalkeeper Joshua Enaholo, defenders Zaharaddeen Bello, Mustapha Abdullahi and Prince Omego, midfielders Akinjide Idowu, Abdullahi Alfa, Bernard Bulbwa and Ifeanyi Mathew, and forwards Taiwo Awoniyi, Chidera Ezeh and Alhassan “Muazzam’ Abdullahi.
Top performers in Nigeria’s glorious run at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in United Arab Emirates in 2013, Kelechi Iheanacho, Success Isaac, Wilfred Ndidi, Chidiebere Nwakali and Musa Yahaya, who did not feature in Senegal, are called, as are Super Eagles’ new boys Kingsley Sokari and Moses Simon.
All 35 players are expected to report at the Serob Legacy Hotel, Abuja on Sunday, 12thApril for the first phase of the preparations.
Goalkeepers: Adamu Abubakar, Dele Alampasu, Joshua Enaholo, Olorunleke Ojo
Defenders: Musa Muhammed, Saheed Abdul-Ganiyu, Adebayo Ademilua, Monsuru Bashiru, Zaharaddeen Bello Abdullahi Mustapaha, Wilfred Ndidi, Samuel Okon, Prince Omego, Rowland Silas.
Midfielders: Abdullahi Alfa, Bernard Bulbwa, Akinjide Idowu, Ifeanyi Ifeanyi, Wasiu Jimoh, Ifeanyi Mathew, Chidebere Nwakali, Obinna Nwobodo, Kingsley Sokari, Musa Yahaya
Forwards: Alhassan Abdullahi, Taiwo Awoniyi, Chidera Ezeh, Okechukwu Gabriel, Saviour Godwin, Kelechi Iheanacho, Success Isaac, Billy Michael Christian Pyagbara, Usman Sani Sale, Moses Simon.