Super Eagles duo William Troost-Ekong and Junior Ajayi have been listed in the 2017 Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) team of the year.
Troost-Ekong got 71 per cent of the votes to beat Ivorian defender Eric Bailly who got 29 per cent of the votes
Ajayi got 64 per cent of the votes cast for the offensive midfield position to see off competition from Algerian striker, Yacine Brahimi.
Morocco’s Karim El Ahmadi and Ugandan Dennis Onyango are the other players listed in the first eleven.
Head Coach of the Nigerian national U-23 team, Samson Siasia, has called up 31 players to camp in preparation for next month’s All-Africa Games, in Brazzaville, Congo.
The list, which is made up of mostly players who qualified the Dream Team for the games, has some new faces including Lucky Jimoh, Bright Onyedikachi and Olisah Ndah amongt others.
The invited players are expected to report in Abuja from Wednesday, August 12.
The dream team will face Ghana, Senegal and Egypt in Group B of the men’s football tournament from September 3 to 18.
Recently, Siasia picked 20 players for the crucial African U-23 Championship qualifier against Congo in Pointe-Noire.
Nigeria’s Under-23 Coach, Samson Siasia, has picked 20 players for Sunday’s crucial African U-23 Championship qualifier against Congo in Pointe-Noire.
While addressing the players after their last practice match at the FIFA/NFF Goal Project in Abuja on Wednesday, Coach Siasia said that all the players are good enough to make the trip, but it was impossible for everyone to be in Congo for the battle.
He assured the players left out to continue to work on their game as they could form part of the team for the All Africa Games.
“For those of you selected, this is a golden opportunity for you to show to Nigerians and the world that your first leg victory was not a flash in the pan, and as such you must fight hard when we get to Pointe Noire and beat the Congolese.”
The team takes a slim 2-1 win to Pointe Noire and must avoid defeat to stand a chance of qualifying for the eight nation CAF Under-23 Championship in Senegal.
The selected players for the task ahead are: Daniel Emmanuel, Atanda Sodiq, Stanley Amuzie, Azubuike Okechukwu, Olusegun Oduduwa, Erhun Obanor, Godwin Saviour, Etebo Oghenekaro, Junior Ajayi, Usman Mohammed, Etor Daniel, Yusuf Mohammed, Chima Akas, Semiu Liadi, Shehu Abdullahi, Kingsley Sokari, Taiwo Awoniyi, Umar Aminu, Austin Oladapo and Sincere Seth.
Nigeria’s Under-23 national team have beaten their Congolese counterparts 2-1 in an African Under-23 Championship final round, first leg qualifying match played in Port Harcourt on Sunday.
Junior Ajayi scored both goals early in the second half – the first a tap-in after Goalkeeper Christopher could not get a good grip of the ball off a pull-out in the 48th minute.
The second goal was a well orchestrated team goal that Ajayi finished with a brilliant header from a Daniel Etor cross six minutes later.
After the 2-goal lead, Samson Siasia’s boys were adjudged to have relaxed and allowed the Congolese back into the game.
The Devils created chances and from one of such, Nkoukou Miose slammed in off a rebound from goalkeeper Emmanuel Daniel in the 66th minute.
Coach Siasia had, during a telephone interview on Channels Television’s Sports Tonight, hoped for victory with a large margin against the boys from Congo but they now take a slim advantage into the second leg in Congo.
Siasia’s boys won their two away matches in the qualifying race for the All-Africa Games – for which they have qualified.
They pounded Gabon 4-1 in Libreville and defeated Zambia 2-0 in Lusaka and it is expected that they would remain confident going to Pointe Noire on August 2.
Nigeria’s U23 national team have given themselves the advantage over Gabon after their 4-1 win in Libreville in the All Africa Games qualifiers.
Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) striker, Junior Ajayi scored twice while Oghenekaro Etebo and Peter Onyekachi completed the rout just after Gabon got one back through Axel Meye at the Stade Augustin Monedan a Sibang, Gabon.
Ajayi netted for Samson Siasia’s team in the first minute of the match and Warri Wolves striker, Etebo, made it two-nil from 12 yards with two minutes to the break.
Two minutes into the second half, Ajayi struck again for his second of the match.
But Gabon gave themselves a lifeline when Axel Meye scored just mid-way into the second half.
Nigeria’s U23 restored their three-goal lead through Enyimba forward Peter Onyekachi at the 88th minute.
Siasia’s side would play host to their Gabonese counterparts at the National Stadium in Abuja on March 7.