Head Coach Emmanuel Amuneke has selected the 21 players who will represent Nigeria at the 16th FIFA U-17 World Cup to be hosted in Chile between October 17 and November 8.
Speaking to thenff.com, Amuneke described his list as very exciting and was confident the players would fly the country’s flag very well in Chile.
“The World Cup is here and we have picked the best players for this assignment to represent our country,” said the former African Footballer of the Year.“ We have brought in new players to add value to the team that secured the ticket for Chile at the last African U-17 Nations Cup in Niger Republic and we believe this crop of players
would give their best in Chile, as we are the defending champions.”
Team captain Kelechi Nwakali, as well as strikers Victor Osimhen and Ebere Osinachi, who were in the team that secured the country’s World Cup ticket at the African U-17 Nations Cup in Niger in February made the final list for the competition Nigeria won in 1985, 1993, 2007 and 2013.
Also picked from the squad that came fourth in Niger 2015 were seven other players including goalkeepers Akpan Udoh and Amos Benjamin, defenders Halilu Lukman and Lazarus John, midfielder Kingsley Michael and strikers Orji Okonkwo and Samuel Chukwueze.
Midfielder Chinedu Madueke and Sunday Alimi as well as goalkeeper Chisom Chiaha who failed to make the Niger 2015 squad were also picked for Chile 2015.
New faces in the team are defenders David Enogela, Ibe Tobechukwu and Ejike Ikwu. Funsho Bamgboye, Chukwudi Agor, Joel Osikel, Edidiong Essien and Udochukwu Anumudu complete the list.
The Golden Eaglets would have the honour of playing the opening match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup against the United States of America on October 17 at the Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos in Santiago. The Eaglets’ other Group A matches against host Chile and Croatia would be played on 20 and 23 October respectively.
The Full List:
2: John Lazarus-Defender
12: Chukwudi Agor-Midfielder