Nigeria names squad for U-20 AFCON

The seven-time African champions have been zoned in Group A alongside South Africa and Burundi
Nigeria’s Enyimba head coach Paul Aigbogun reacts during the African Champions League football match between Egypt’s Zamalek and Nigeria’s Enyimba FC at Petro Sport stadium in Cairo on August 15, 2016. (Photo by KHALED DESOUKI / AFP)

Nigeria have named their 21-man squad for next month’s Africa U-20 Cup of Nations in Niger.

Coach Paul Aigbogun has named a strong squad that includes captain Ikouwem Udo Utin, who won a silver medal at the African Nations Championship in Morocco last year, as well as highly-rated forwards Yahaya Nazifi and Effiom Maxwell.

Three foreign-based professionals are also included: Igoh Ogbu of Rosenborg, Afeez Aremu of IK Stat FC and Nazifi, who recently signed a contract with Danish club Sonderjyske.

Nigeria have been drawn in Group A of the competition alongside hosts Niger, Burundi and South Africa

The Africa U-20 Cup of Nations runs from February 2 to 17. 

Nigeria 21-man squad:

Goalkeepers: Akpan Udoh (Unattached); Olawale Oremade (Oasis FC); Detan Ogundare (Kogi United).

Defenders: Mike Zaruma (Plateau United); Ikouwem Utin (Enyimba International); Igoh Ogbu (Rosenburg FC, Norway); Solomon Ogberahwe (El-Kanemi Warriors); Valentine Ozornwafor (Enyimba International); Olasunkanmi Aliyu (Emmanuel Amuneke Academy).

Midfielders: Peter Eletu (Prince Kazeem Academy); Quadri Liameed (36 Lions); Aniekeme Okon (Akwa United); Jamil Muhammad (Kano Pillars); Afeez Aremu (IK Stat, Norway).

Forwards: Adamu Alhassan (Kano Pillars); Yahaya Nazifi (Sonderjyske FC, Denmark); Ibrahim Aliyu (Oasis FC); Adeshina Gata (Wikki Tourists); Ibrahim Abubakar (Plateau United); Okoh Victor (Real Sapphire FC); Maxwell Effiom (Enyimba International).

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