The Nigeria U20 team, the Flying Eagles, will depart for Ghana Friday from Lagos as they take on their Ghanaian counterparts; the Black Satellites in a two-legged friendly.
Already, a list of 22 players has been released by the technical crew of the Flying Eagles, for the two warm-up games against the Black Satellites.
As expected by the many, the bulk of the team remains players who won the FIFA U17 world Cup in UAE two years ago.
They include skipper Musa Muhamed, goalkeeper Sunday Alampasu, Akinjide Idowu, Abdullahi Alfa, Zaharadeen Bello, Samuel Okon, Musa Yahaya, Chidera Ezeh and Taiwo Awoniyi.
Others in the travelling party to Ghana are goalkeeper Joshua Enaholo, Obinna Nwobodo, Ifeanyi Ifeanyi, Ifeanyi Matthew, Abdullahi Ibrahim Alhassan aka ‘Mu-azam’.
Though in separate groups, both the Flying Eagles and the Black Satellites are preparing for next month’s African Youth Championship in Senegal.
The first test match between the two rival West African countries will be played on Saturday and a second match is fixed for Accra on Wednesday.
The Flying Eagles are expected back in the country on Thursday, February 19 to round off preparations for the fast approaching Africa Youth Championships billed for Senegal next month.
Goalkeepers: Joshua Enaholo, Sunday Alampasu, Olorunleke Ojo
Defenders:Musa Muhamed, Zaharadeen Bello, Izu Omego, Mustapha Abdullahi, Samuel Okon, Abdulganiyu Saheed
Midfielders:Ifeanyi Matthew, Ifeanyi Ifeanyi, Akinjide Idowu, Obinna Nwobodo, Musa Yahaya, Bernard Bulbwa, Abdullahi Alfa
Strikers: Taiwo Awoniyi, Abdullahi Ibrahim Alhassan, Usman Hassan, Chidera Ezeh, Abubakar Lawal, Wasiu Jimoh