Nigeria’s U-20 coach, Paul Aigbogun, have named Flying Eagles captain, Ikouwem Utin and Denmark based striker Yahaya Nazifi in his 21-man squad for the 2019 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations billed for Niger Republic in February.
The seven-time African champions are in Group A alongside South Africa, Niger Republic and Burundi.
The semi-finalists at the tournament will automatically qualify for the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland.
The Flying Eagles will take on Burundi’s Junior Itamba in their first match at Stade General Seyni Kountche on February 2, 2019, before facing South Africa on February 5 and Niger Republic on February 8.
Flying Eagles full 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)