Villarreal of Spain winger, Samuel Chukwueze and Manchester City of England youth team player, Tom Dele-Bashiru have been confirmed among an array of eight foreign-based players billed to join the under-20 national team, Flying Eagles’ training camp in Germany.
The other overseas-based lads who are scheduled to link forces with the FIFA U-20 World Cup-bound squad are Kingsley Michael, Chinedu Ekene, Ashinme Kigbu (Ash), Henry Offia, Abubakar Jibril and Hamdi Akujobi.
The biggest surprise among the lot might be another Man City product, Ash Kigbu, as the central defender previously pledged his international allegiance to England, where he grew up, though he was born in Jos.
Kigbu is now in Austria’s top division with Wolfsberger, for which he has has made four appearances as substitute, after leaving City last summer and left behind Dele-Bashiru, who will be assessed by Paul Aigbogun and his assistants at the Flying Eagles’ new camp in Germany.
Although no exact date has been put of the arrival of the foreign-based legion at Aigbogun’s camp, ahead of the Youth Mundial, which begins May 23 in Poland, Flying Eagles’ team administrator, Aliyu Ibrahim Lawal said the eight pros will join 23 home-players that were billed to fly out of Abuja aboard a Lufthansa Airline flight on Saturday night.
The home-based players include Detan Ogundare, Olawale Oremade, Matthew Yakubu, Mike Zaruma, Rabiu Mohammad, Solomon Onome, Ikouwem Utin, Quadri Liameed, Adewale Oladoye and Peter Eletu.
Others are Ernest Chidiebere, Victor Arikpo, Effiom Maxwell, Abubakar Ibrahim, Adeshina Gata, Aniekeme Okon, Sor Collins, Ahmad Ghali, Aliu Salawudeen, Tijani Muhammad, Pascal Durugbor, Saeed Jibril, and vice-cptain, Valentine Ozornwafor, who has one cap with the senior Eagles.