Manu Garba did not spring any surprises with his selection for New Zealand, with the likes of Iheanacho, Awoniyi, Muhammed & Success making the cutNigeria U20 coach Manu Garba has named his 21-man squad players for the Fifa U20 World Cup in New Zealand.
The reigning African youth champions will be hoping to emerge world champions for the first time and have been drawn in the same group with Brazil, Hungary and North Korea.
Regular suspects such as Musa Muhammed, Taiwo Awoniyi, Joshua Enaholo and Akinjide Idowu who were part of the Senegal 2015 African Youth Championship made the final list, while Manchester City wonder kid Kelechi Iheanacho, Granada’s Isaac Success and Tottenham’s Musa Yahaya make a return to the team.
There are three goalkeepers, six defenders, seven midfielders and five strikers.
The Flying Eagles face Brazil in their first game of the championship against six-time world champions Brazil on June 1.
THE FULL LIST
Goalkeepers: Joshua Enaholo (MFM FC); Dele Alampasu (Football College Academy); Olorunleke Ojo (Giwa FC)
Defenders: Musa Muhammed (FC Heart Academy); Mustapha Abdullahi (Spotlight FC); Zaharaddeen Bello (Dabo Babes Academy); Wilfred Ndidi (KRC Genk, Belgium); Izu Omego (Apapa Golden Stars); Chidiebere Nwakali (Manchester City, England)
Midfielders: Akinjide Idowu (Nigeria Young Academy); Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (Water FC); Kingsley Sokari (Enyimba FC); Ifeanyi Mathew (El-Kanemi Warriors); Musa Yahaya (Tottenham FC, England); Bernard Bulbwa (Esperance ST, Tunisia); Godwin Saviour (FC Sports)
Forwards: Taiwo Awoniyi (Imperial Academy); Chidera Ezeh (FC Porto, Portugal); Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Success Isaac (Granada FC, Spain)