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-20 national football team coach, Manu Garba, has named a 25-man squad for a final 2015 African Youth Championship qualifier against Lesotho later this month.
Skipper, Musa Muhammed of Besiktas in Turkey, and Taiwo Awoniyi of Kalmar FF, Sweden, are the only overseas-based players, as the Flying Eagles would be without several of their foreign-based stars as a result of club commitments.
The Flying Eagles play Lesotho on August 16 in Kaduna for a place in the final of the 2015 AYC in Senegal in March.
Flying Eagles coach, Manu Garba, has released a 20-man squad for the two tune-up matches in Morocco this weekend.
As part of preparations for the 2015 African Youth Championship qualifiers next month, the U-20 team will play two friendlies against their Moroccan counterparts on Wednesday, April 9, and another game two days later.
Two influential players at last year’s FIFA U-17 World Cup in UAE, Taiwo Awoniyi and Musa Yahaya will lead the team to the East African country, as Nigeria consolidate plans towards qualifying for the African Youth Championship that will take place in Senegal next year.
Nigeria face the winners of the match between Kenya and Tanzania, while Morocco take on the winners of the clash between Togo and Equatorial Guinea.
The Federal Government is to give each player in Nigeria’s Under-17 team, the Golden Eaglets the sum of 2million Naira each.
President Goodluck Jonathan made the announcement at a reception in the presidential villa in honour of the Golden Eaglets.
The Golden Eaglets won the just concluded FIFA Under-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates by defeating defending champions Mexico by 3-0 in the final on Friday, November 8, and The President had promised them a heroes’ welcome “in appreciation of the great honour and glory they have brought to their fatherland.”
The financial reward is not limited to the players; the head coach of the team would be given the sum of 3million Naira, while the assistant coach gets the sum of 2.5million Naira.
Speaking at the reception, President Jonathan said this is a golden era in Nigerian sports and assured that his administration would provide the enabling environment for the Golden Eaglets to thrive and be the best in the world.
President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria on their 3-0 triumph over Mexico in the final match of the 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Soccer Championship.
President Jonathan joins other proud and happy Nigerians in saluting the glorious achievement of the Eaglets in winning the Under-17 Soccer Championship for an unprecedented fourth time.
In a press release signed by Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, Reuben Abati, the President commended the young Eaglets for the exemplary commitment, dedication, resilience, determination, patriotism and unity of purpose they displayed through-out the tournament to make Nigeria the World’s Under-17 Football Champion once again.
In fulfillment of his promise of a heroes’ welcome for the triumphant Golden Eaglets on their return home, President Jonathan will host a grand reception for the team at the Banquet Hall of the State House at 7PM on Sunday, November 10.
“This is in appreciation of the great honour and glory they have brought to their fatherland,” he said.
The President also urged the leadership of the Nigerian Football Federation to strive to ensure that “the world-conquering Eaglets, who have shown such immense potentials as youngsters, are properly nurtured, trained and developed to represent the nation at higher levels in future international football competitions.”
He wished the Golden Eaglets and their handlers a safe journey home.
The Nigerian Golden Eaglets have won the 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup tournament in United Arab Emirates.
Nigeria became the most successful team in the history of the tournament as goals from Erick Aguirre (own goal), Kelechi Iheanacho and Musa Muhammed secured a 4th title for the Golden Eaglets.
The Manu Garba boys announced their presence to the football world at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup with a convincing 6-1 victory over the same Mexican team in their opening game.
The second match was however tougher for the team as they had to come from behind twice to record a 3-3 score line against Sweden.
Next came Iraq and their Asian counterparts Iran but both could not withstand the firepower of Nigeria.
With victory over Uruguay in the quarter-finals, and a surprising 3-0 revenge over Group F foes, Sweden in the semi-final, Nigeria booked a place in the final, as well as a chance to make history against defending champions and their opening game victims, Mexico.
The 3-0 final victory has denied the Mexicans a chance to retain the trophy they won in 2011.
Worthy of note are the individual honours won by the Nigerian players. Kelechi Ihenacho unsurprisingly became the most decorated, winning the tournament’s Adidas Golden Ball Award for the overall best player, alongside the Silver Boot Award for being the second highest goal scorer.
Nigerian goalkeeper, Dele Alampasu also won the Adidas Golden Gloves Award while the entire team won the FIFA Fair Play Award.
Nigeria has now become the most successful team in FIFA Under-17 World Cup history.
President Goodluck Jonathan has constituted a high-powered delegation headed by the Senate President, David Mark to represent the Federal Government at tomorrow’s FIFA Under-17 World Soccer Finals between Nigeria and Mexico in the United Arab Emirates.
Other members of the delegation who President Jonathan has charged to ensure that the Golden Eaglets receive all necessary support and motivation for victory include the Minister of Special Duties, Alhaji Tanimu Turaki, the Minister of Labour, Chief Emeka Wogu, the Minister of Water Resources, Mrs. Sarah Ochekpe and the Minister of State, FCT, Olajumoke Akinjide.
The President told the delegation to reassure the Golden Eaglets and their handlers of his personal confidence and expectations that they will maintain their excellent track-record in this year’s Championship, and crown their winning performances with another victory against the Mexicans tomorrow.
President Jonathan also conveyed to the Eaglets, through the delegation, the best wishes of all Nigerians for their victory and promised the team that together with all other patriotic Nigerians, within and outside the country, he will be cheering them on to victory during the match.
He looks forward to receiving them at the Presidential Villa and showing them the full appreciation of the nation when, as expected, they return in triumph to Nigeria.
Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets have booked their place in the final of the FIFA U-17 World Cup with a convincing 3-0 victory over Sweden.
Taiwo Awoniyi’s 20th minute strike gave the Manu Garba-led boys the lead, but the young lads had to endure pressure from their Scandinavian opponents all through the half.
However, goals from left back Samuel Okon and Chidera Ezeh late in the 2nd half gave Nigeria the victory.
Nigeria will now face Mexico who had earlier defeated South American giants, Argentina 3-0.
The defending champions, Mexico proved bookmakers wrong with a convincing victory over Argentina.
Two quick 1st half goals from Ivan Ochoa in the 5th and 21st minute took the sting off the tie.
The Argentines who were yet to lose a game in the competition came up strong in the 2nd half but their efforts yielded no results as Mexico sealed the game when Marcos Granados found the back of the net in the 86th minute.
Nigeria and Mexico had earlier met in the tournament with Nigeria trashing the Mexicans 6-1.
Nigeria will be banking on the potent combination of Kelechi Iheanacho – one of the best players at the tournament with 5 goals and 7 assists and Taiwo Awoniyi who now has 3 goals in 2 games to earn victory in the final on Friday.