U-23 AFCON: Osimhen, Nwakali Dropped As Awoniyi, Success Make Final Squad

By James Agberebi:

Golden Eaglets duo of Victor Osimhen and Kelechi Nwakali were dropped from the U-23 Eagles’ final 21-man squad for the CAF U-23 Cup of Nations in Senegal which kicks off on Saturday 28 November, Completesportsnigeria.com has been informed.

According to camp sources, coach Samson Siasia included four overseas-based players and 17 home-based players for the tournament.

The four foreign-based players are strikers Taiwo Awoniyi from German second division side FSV Frankfurt, Junior Ajayi of Tunisian club CS Sfaxien, Isaac success from La Liga side Granada and midfielder Azubuike Okechukwu of Yeni Matalatyaspor in Turkey.

Among the home-based players listed for the tournament are Emmanuel Daniel, Zaharadeen Bello, Seun Olubayo, Segun Oduduwa, Stanley Dimgba, Oghenekaro Etebo and Seun Olubayo.

The U-23 Eagles will begin their campaign on Sunday against Mali in Mbour.

They will also battle Egypt on December 2 in Mbour and three days later play their final Group B match against Algeria in Dakar.

The top three teams will qualify automatically for next year’s Olympics in Rio, while the fourth-placed team will go into a play-off.

The full squad:

Goalkeepers: Emmanuel Daniel (Enugu Rangers), Yusuf Mohammed (Kano Pillars), Emmanuel Iwu (Heartland)

Defenders: Sincere Seth (Supreme Court FC), Seun Oduduwa (Nath Boys), Zaharadeen Bello (Kano Pillars), Seun Olubayo (Sunshine Stars), Chizoba Amaefule(Dolphins), Ebuka Iroha (Diamond Football Academy)

Midfielders: Ndifreke Effiong (Abia Warriors), Usman Mohammed (FC Taraba),Tiongoli Tobara (Bayelsa United), Bature Yaro (Nasarawa United), Oghenekaro Etebo (Warri Wolves), Azubuike Okechukwu (Yeni Matalatyaspor/Turkey), Godspower Aniefiok (Kano Pillars), Stanley Dimgba (Warri Wolves)

Forward: Kufre Ebong (Warri Wolves),Junior Ajayi (CS Sfaxien/Tunisia), Taiwo Awoniyi (FSV Frankfurt/Germany),Isaac Success (Granada CF/Spain)

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