Head coach Isa Ladan Bosso has chosen his 20-man squad that will compete for the WAFU B Nations Cup title at the tournament to be held in Porto Novo, Republic of Benin, next month.
The competition, which runs from December 5 to 20, will also serve as a qualifying tournament for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations U-20 to be played in Mauritania.
The team shines with former national youth players fused with base discoveries.
Abia Warriors goalkeeper Chibueze Lambert leads a cast that includes Wisdom Ubani’s trio Charles Etim and Peter Olawale, who played for the Golden Eaglets in the final finals of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil. The Plateau United duo of Mike Zaruma and Nenrot Silas also made the cut, while Kwara United’s Christopher Nwaeze, Isaiah Ejeh and Farayola Olawale are also in the mix.
Israel’s Hapoel Ranana striker Peter Olawale and central defender Temitayo Ereku of Brookhouse Academy in the UK are the only foreign players featured on the squad.
Nigeria begins its campaign in the tournament on December 6 at the Stade de Galles in Porto Novo, Republic of Benin.
THE COMPLETE LIST
Goalkeepers: John Amah (Box2Box FC), Chibueze Lambert (Abia Warriors), Kolawole Oladipo (Crown FC)
Defenders: Temitayo Ereku (Brookhouse Academy), Charles Etim (Blessed Stars), Mike Zaruma (Plateau United), Christopher Nwaeze (Kwara United), Moses Solomon (Calabar Rovers), Isaiah Ejeh (Kwara United), Jimmy Abdul (MFM)
Midfilders: Oladoye Adewale (Water FC), Liameed Quadri (36 Lions), Muhammad Abdallah (Nasarawa United), Azeez Oseni (36 Lions)
Strikers: Chisom Orji (Collins Edwin), Wisdom Ubani (Giant Brillas), Farayola Olawale (Kwara United), Chukwubuikem Ikwuemesi (Giant Brillas), Nenrot Silas (Plateau United), Peter Olawale (Hapoel Ranana, Israel)