Nigeria’s cadet national team, Golden Eaglets’ coach, Manu Garba has set in motion his plans for this year’s FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil, by throwing his camp open to 52 players.
Among the invitees is Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) top scorer, Sunusi Ibrahim, who is said to be currently in European hunting round for a club, but Garba will continue working with those who arrived on Tuesday, as he steps up preparations for the competition, which is scheduled to hold from October 26th to November 17th.
Manu said the squad will not relax on their achievements so far, but said he is happy leading the Eaglets to pick a ticket to the 2019 championship in The Samba Nation after finishing third in April at the Africa U17 Cup of Nations in Tanzania.
After instructing his players to arrive at Serob Legacy Hotel, Abuja on Tuesday, the winning coach of the 2013 Cadet Mundial in United Arab Emirates in 2013, said he wants to reenact that feat in The Middle East, which was Nigeria’s fourth title in the global championship.
The Eaglets, who also triumphed at the 1985, 1993, 2007 and 2015 editions in China, Japan, Korea Republic and Chile respectively, will now aim for a sixth record extending achievement in Brazil later this year.
Manu’s full list of invitees has six goalkeepers: Sunday Steven, Suleiman Shuaibu, Joseph Oluwabusola, Zubair Suleiman, Anthony Okoronkwo and Moses Aluko; as well as 12 defenders: Ferdinand Clement, David Ishaya Akulo, Etim Charles, Ogaga Oduko, Shedrack Tanko, Mayowa Abayomi, Kelvin Agho, Dahiru Yusuf, Adeniyi Timilehin, Ismaila Salaudeen, Usman Mohammed, and Emeka Egbu.
Also invited are 12 midfielders: Samson Tijani, Alfred Olaniyan, Ibrahim Jabaar, Fawaz Abdullahi, Shuaibu Abdulrazak, Peter Agba, Ajir Sesugh, Damilola Adeyeye, Suleiman Lawal, Longbak Kling Shak, Gotee Ntignee and Muyideen Oyindamola.
Equally included are 22 forwards: Akinkunmi Amoo, Olakunle Olusegun, Wisdom Ubani, Divine Nwachukwu, Mubarak Gata, Adrien Akande, Etim Friday Ubi, Haruna Lawal, Egesionu Suporu, Sunusi Ibrahim, Ogunkoya Paul, Iniobong Okon, Samson Komolafe, Ismail Ayodele, Opeyemi Qudus, Tobi Adeleke, Oluebube Oguduba, Usman Abba, Odeh David Emeka, Gideon Okon Asuquo, Bashar Issa Olatunji and Mohammed Dikko.