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
“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
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 October 20 and 23 respectively.
2: John Lazarus-Defender
12: Chukwudi Agor-Midfielder