By Femi Badmus
Coach Paul Aigbogun has announced his squad for the youth championship billed for Niger Republic in February.
Nigeria have named a 21-team squad for the 2019 Africa U20 Cup of Nations billed for Niger Republic.
The seven-time African champions have been zoned in Group A alongside South Africa and Burundi with the semi-finalists making it to the 2019 Fifa U20 World Cup in Poland.
The squad includes team captain Ikouwem Utin, Detan Ogundare, Yahaya Nazifi and Effiom Maxwell.
Others include Akpan Udoh, Olawale Oremade Mike Zaruma, midfielders Peter Eletu, Quadri Liameed , Aniekeme Okon and Adeshina Gata and Ibrahim Abubakar.
The Flying Eagles face Burundi’s Junior Itamba in their first match at the Stade General Seyni Kountche on February 2, 2019 before facing the hosts and South Africa’s Amajita at the same venue.
Goalkeepers: Akpan Udoh (Unattached); Olawale Oremade (Oasis FC); Detan Ogundare (Kogi United)
Defenders: Mike Zaruma (Plateau United); Ikouwem Utin (Enyimba International); Igoh Ogbu (Rosenburg FC, Norway); Solomon Ogberahwe (El-Kanemi Warriors); Valentine Ozornwafor (Enyimba International); Olasunkanmi Aliyu (Emmanuel Amuneke Academy)
Midfielders: Peter Eletu (Prince Kazeem Academy); Quadri Liameed (36 Lions); Aniekeme Okon (Akwa United); Jamil Muhammad (Kano Pillars); Afeez Aremu (IK Stat, Norway)
Forwards: Adamu Alhassan (Kano Pillars); Yahaya Nazifi (Sonderjyske FC, Denmark); Ibrahim Aliyu (Oasis FC); Adeshina Gata (Wikki Tourists); Ibrahim Abubakar (Plateau United); Okoh Victor (Real Sapphire FC); Maxwell Effiom (Enyimba International)