Buenos Aires - 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
“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
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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
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