Dolphins boy, Omo Ojabu and Stanley Okoro from Heartland are the top players in John Obuh’s 21 man team for the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
John Obuh has picked 21 players he believes will do the job of representing the nation very well at World Cup finals starting in Abuja on October 24.
Picked are goalkeepers Danjuma Paul, Amos Izuchukwu and John Felagha, defenders Aigbe oliha, Mohammed Aliyu, Fortune Chukwudi, Kenneth Omeruo and Chukwujike Mgbam, midfielders Ogenyi Onazi, White George Agwuocha, Abduljelil Ajagun, Obinna Okoro, Deji Joel and Ramon Azeez, and strikers Stanley Okoro, Olanrewaju Kayode, Terry Envoh, Omoh Ojabu, Sani Emmanuel, Yusuf Otubanjo and Edafe Egbedi.
Obuh, who has been with his team at the Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence in Doha, Qatar for the past 12 days, said: “We are set to go. Definitely, we have enjoyed our stay at Aspire and the facilities are fantastic. I only wish we had come much earlier.
“Having said that, I think we have a team that can deliver. We played three friendly matches in Qatar and scored 21 goals, and conceded three. However, we are not using those results to judge our readiness. We know we are going to play much stronger teams at the World Cup.
“Our focus is first, on the opening match against Germany on Saturday. It is going to be tough but football is about being prepared to play the tough games. When the going gets tough, the tough gets going”.
Nigeria will play Germany in the opening match of the championship on Saturday next week. Other teams in the Group A are Honduras and Argentina.