Flying Eagles head Coach Paul Aigbogun has submitted his final list of 21 players to the Nigeria Football Federation that he believes will do Nigeria proud at the 2019 U-20 AFCON in Niger Republic next month.
Nigeria battle host nation Niger Republic, South Africa, and Burundi in the eight-nation finals, with all four semi-finalists, guaranteed spots at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland which holds from May 23 to June 15.
“The list has been submitted and will be sent to CAF ahead of Tuesday’s deadline for the submission of final squads,” Flying Eagles’ Team Administrator, Aliyu Ibrahim Lawal, told thenff.com.
“Our delegation is departing Nigeria for Niger Republic on Tuesday next week.”
Seven-time African champions Nigeria clash with the Burundi U-20 side, Junior Itamba in their first match of the 2019 U-20 AFCON at the Stade General Seyni Kountche on Saturday next week. The kickoff is 7:30pm.
Same day, host nation Niger Republic will battle South Africa’s Amajita at the same venue in the tournament’s opening match, starting from 4.30pm.
The Flying Eagles then play the Amajita on Tuesday, 5th February before rounding off the U-20 AFCON group phase with a battle against the host nation on Friday, 8th February.
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By Johnny Edward