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Flying Eagles coach picks 35 for screening

28 February 2014, 11:01Israel Ojoko

Lagos - Manu Garba, coach of the U-20 national team, has invited 35 players for screeningg as he prepares to get the Flying Eagles to the 2015 African Youth Championship and the FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand  in 2015.

Nigeria will clash with the winner of the preliminary fixture between Kenya and Tanzania in the second round of the qualifying series for the African Youth Championship in May.

Triumph will take the team into the final round of the qualifiers and the continental championship is slated for Senegal in March 2015.

Garba will start the screening programme at the FIFA Technical Centre in  Abuja on Monday, and has also encouraged players who fall within the age grade and are sure of their ability, but are not on the list of 35, to turn up at the screening venue.

Leading the pack is youthful Super Eagles B striker Etebo Oghnekaro, but there are also Premier League boys Yakubu Mohammed (Gombe United), Suleiman Abdullahi and Auwal Umar (El-Kanemi Warriors), Abdulhafeez Olawale (Crown FC) and FC Taraba's Timothy Danladi.

All the invitees are expected to arrive in Abuja on March 2.

List of 35 invited players

Victor Chukwuemeka Mbaoma (Remo Stars); Iluebbey Austin Osho, Ifeanyi Abara, Bashiru Mansur, Adekunle Adegboyega Joseph, Momodu Mohammed, Alashe Sheriff Ajibola, Joshua Enahoro, Julius Emiloju, Emmanuel Damian, Chukwuma Opara (MFM FC); Yakubu Mohammed (Gombe United); Suleiman Abdullahi, Auwal Umar (El-Kanemi Warriors); Udeh Maduka Christopher (Abia Comet); Aliyu Sani Jandi (Niger Tornadoes); Mazadu Suraju Abdullahi, Shehu Magaji (Standard FC); Abdulhafeez Olawale (Crown FC); Anthony Chukwudi Omaka, Aremu Hafeez (COD FC); Abubakar Lawal (Sokoto United); Lawal Abdullahi (Dabo Babes); Okere Jerry Osondu, Chinonso Nwosu David, Orisakwe Chibueze, Alakwem Mishack, Oscar Onyeka (Taye Football Academy); Jonathan Yakussak (Boro United); Timothy Danladi (FC Taraba); Etebo Oghenekaro (Warri Wolves); Adamu Abubakar (Flash FC); Bilyaminu Yusuf, Mubarak Umar, Mudashir Garba (Everton FC).

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