Head Coach of the U-23 National Team, Austin Eguavoen has called up 30 relatively unknown, home-based players for a test run as he opens his camp for preparations towards the CAF African U-23 Championship taking place in Egypt from 26 November – 10 December.
Goalkeeper Dami Paul and striker Edafe Egbedi, who represented Nigeria at the FIFA U-20 World Cup finals in Colombia in August, as well as 13 Premier League players are included, otherwise the invited group is composed of lower league and amateur players.
Officials say the players would be given a one-week trial at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, Ibadan beginning from Sunday, 2 October, after which the Head Coach would pick a few that must have impressed to join his established, mainly Europe-based platoon.
New Federation Cup champions Heartland supply two players in defender Orji Kalu and midfielder Stanley Ohawuchi.
THE FULL LIST
Papa Idris, Jude Aneke (Kaduna United FC), Orji Kalu, Stanley Ohawuchi (Heartland ), Uche David (Sharks), Dami Paul (Nasarawa United), Imole Bashiru (Bolowotan), Abomina Izuegbu, Sadiq Saliu (36 Lions), Azubuike Egwuekwe, Egbeta Emmanuel (Warri Wolves), Kelly Godwin (Unattached), Ikechukwu Gabriel (Kano Pillars), Atu Irumekhai (MFM), Tunde Kareem (Police Machine), Yakubu Olanrewaju (Rising Stars), Emeka Atuloma (Dolphins), Chinedu Sunday, Brendam Chukwudi (Rangers), Abubakar Kareem, Ebenezer Odunlami (First Bank), Edafe Egbedi (Unattached), Arikpo Martins (UniCem Rovers), Laide Okanlawon, Christian Obiozor (3SC), Ekpai Ubong (Akwa United), Leke James (Julius Berger), Odah Onoriode (Unattached), George Akpabio (Plateau United), Franklyn Okafor (Insurance)
All players are expected to arrive camp with their international passport and medical report from their club doctor.