Flying Eagles pair of Valentine Ozornwafor and Tom-Dele Bashiru are in line to return to the squad for Monday’s Round of 16 clash against Senegal at the ongoing FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland, Completesports.com reports.
Both players missed Nigeria’s final Group D game against Ukraine due to injuries. The game ended 1-1.
Ozornwafor will be back at the heart of defence to partner Aliu Salawudeen while Bashiru could return to link up with Kingsley Michael in midfield according to a report by the communications department of the Nigerian Football Federation.
Two–time silver medalists, Nigeria, are looking to surpass their predecessors’ feat at the tournament by qualifying for the quarter-finals for the first time in their last three appearances.
Senegal, topped Group A to reach the Round of 16. They are currently unbeaten at Poland 2019, winning two games and recording one draw without conceding any goal.
Nigeria on their part, squeezed through as one of the best four third-place finishers.
Recall that the Flying Eagles arrived in Lodz on Saturday and did an inspection of the Stadion Widzewa, before settling down for training.
The team also trained on Sunday evening ahead of the clash with the Junior Teranga Lions.
Monday’s Nigeria – Senegal clash will kick off at 7.30pm Nigerian time.