Nigeria’s cadet national team, Golden Eaglets’ assistant coach, Nduka Ugbade has disclosed that the technical crew already have 25 players ready for selection in the final squad to this year’s FIFA U-17 World Cup, but says they will still try out other talents before making the final list.
While also pointing out that they have to avoid any rush in submitting the final list due to eventualities that could arise from the mandatory age-test checks through Magnetic Resonance Imagery (MRI) scans, Ugbade added that the coaches are still checking all the players in camp.
The ex-defender, who was pioneer captain of the first Eaglets’ squad that won the maiden FIFA U-16 World Cup of 1985 in China, said during Mega Sports on Star 101.5 FM, Lagos that the coaches will continue their checks on all players in camp before announcing the team to Brazil 2019.
He, however, hinted that any new player that wants to be part of the squad to the Cadet Mundial will have to be outstanding, because the core of the squad that played at the zonal qualifiers in Niger Republic and Africa U-17 Cup of Nations in Tanzania are formidable enough.
Ugbade stated: “What we are checking for now are only outstanding players. We are looking at their quality and what they do differently.
“We have to look out only for the best, because we already have 25 players ready for the World Cup.
“We cut the number from about 50 players that started camping with us, and went through open screening.
“It was from that large number that we took some of the players to the qualifiers in Niger and Tanzania; and they are the core of this team.
“However, we have to continue checking other players who come to the camp, because we can still get outstanding ones among them, and we do not know what may happen after we go for the MRI scans.”