Coach of Nigeria’s Flying Eagles, Manu Garba has named a 20-man squad for Sunday’s warm-up match against their Benin Republic counterparts in Porto Novo.
Among those picked were the country’s heroes from last year’s FIFA U-17 World Cup-winning team such as Kelechi Iheanacho, skipper Musa Muhammed, Chidiebere Nwakali, Musa Yahaya, Taiwo Awoniyi, Abdullahi Alfa and Zaharadeen Bello.
Others on the squad are Alhassan Ibrahim aka Mu-azam, Wilfred Ndidi, Ifeanyi Matthew and goalkeeper Joshua Enaholo.
The test match will be played at Charles de Gaulle Stadium in Porto Novo from 4pm local time, which is the same time with Nigeria.
Both teams have clashed at the same level previously. They drew 1-1 in Cotonou in September 2012 and a rematch in Abuja ended in a goalless draw.
Two players will then be dropped from the squad for the 2015 AYC qualifier in Tanzania in the weekend of May 9-11. NFF executive committee member Shehu Adamu will lead the team to both Benin and Tanzania.
The full squad:
Goalkeepers: Joshua Enaholo, Adamu Abubakar, Abdulazeez Abubakar
Defenders: Musa Muhammed, Mustapha Abdullahi, Ifeanyi Nweke, Wilfred Ndidi, Izu Omego, Zaharadeen Bello
Midfielders: Chidiebere Nwakali, Musa Yahaya, Kelechi Iheanacho, Abdullahi Alfa, Akinjide Idowu, Wasiu Jimoh, Ifeanyi Matthew, Ifeanyi Ifeanyi
Strikers: Alhassan Ibrahim ‘Mu-azam’, Taiwo Awoniyi, Sulaiman Abdullahi