Lagos - The second phase of the Nigeria U-20 team’s training camp commenced in Abuja on Monday when 35 players from the open trials were joined by 20 other players who were involved with the country’s U-17 team last year.
Flying Eagles coach Manu Garba picked 35 players after an intensive two-week open screening in Abuja, which attracted over 1,500 hopefuls.
“We expectmuch fiercer competition in the second phase and players need to be more consistent to survive then,” Garba said.
Garba plans toform a standing team in time for the Flying Eagles African Youth Championship qualifying match against either Kenya or Tanzania in early May.
Players picked from Flying Eagles open screening
Goalkeepers: Joshua Enaholo, Adamu Abubakar, Amos Benjamin, Zaradeen Usman
Defenders: Babatunde Ade, Baba Garba Ghaddafi, Mazadu Surajo Abdullahi, Julius Emalaju, Chukwuma Okpara, Timothy Danladi, Ifeanyi Nweke, Bashir Mansur
Midfielders: Anthony Chukwudi Omaka, Fidelis Irene, Samuel Mathias, Uche Okeke, Aremu Abdulhafeez, Raphael Ayagwa, Alashe Sherif Ajibola, Shabanya Jonathan, Uche Chibueze, Bankole Segun, Salman Ibrahim, Jimoh Wasiu
Strikers: Suleiman Abdullahi, Abubakar Lawal, Billy Auta, Mahmoud Mohammed, Orji Promise, Aliyu Sani Jandi, Victory Omadigbe, Eze Chisom, Yakubu Mohammed, Peter Araodion, Isaac Uduak.
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