Head Coach of the Nigeria U-17 team, the Golden Eaglets, Emmanuel Amuneke has made public his final 21-man squad for the 2015 FIFA U17 World Cup in Chile taking place between October 17 and November 8.
Amuneke told thenff.com that he has so much confidence in the players selected even as he promised to give his best shot at seeing Nigeria defend the title won two years ago in the United Arab Emirates.
“The World Cup is here and we have picked the best players for this assignment to represent our country,” said the former African Footballer of the Year.“ We have brought in new players to add value to the team that secured the ticket for Chile at the last African U-17 Nations Cup in Niger Republic and we believe this crop of players would give their best in Chile, as we are the defending champions.”
Team captain Kelechi Nwakali, as well as strikers Victor Osimhen and Ebere Osinachi, who were in the team that secured the country’s World Cup ticket at the African U-17 Nations Cup in Niger in February made the final list for the competition Nigeria won in 1985, 1993, 2007 and 2013.
New faces in the team are defenders David Enogela, Ibe Tobechukwu and Ejike Ikwu. Funsho Bamgboye, Chukwudi Agor, Joel Osikel, Edidiong Essien and Udochukwu Anumudu are also included in the ambitious list.
The Golden Eaglets would have the honour of playing the opening match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup against the United States of America on October 17 at the Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos in Santiago.
The Eaglets’ other Group A matches against host Chile and Croatia would be played on October 20 and 23 respectively.
2: John Lazarus-Defender
12: Chukwudi Agor-Midfielder