Lagos — Nigeria's Under-20 coach, Samson Siasia, has left out several key players from his squad for the FIFA World Cup, which kicks off in Egypt later this month. The notable absences in the final 21-man squad include Spain-based defender Kingsley Udoh, who was the tower of strength when Nigeria won the Under-17 World Cup two years ago in Korea, Russia-based striker Ganiyu Oseni, as well as Karlsruhe forward Macauley Chrisantus, who is nursing an injury.
Siasia will instead be taking a chance on several players from the Nigerian domestic league like goalkeeper Dele Ajiboye, Kano Pillars midfielder Mohammed Shehu Shagari as well as the leading scorer for champions Bayelsa United this past season, Stanley Ohawuchi.
The Flying Eagles, who are due to depart for Cairo next week Friday, are drawn in a first round group that includes Spain, Venezuela and Tahiti.
THE FULL SQUAD
Dele Ajiboye - Wikki Tourists
Uche Okafor - Kaduna United
-Olateru Oladapo - Unattached
Nwankwo Obiora - Real Murcia,Spain
-Nurudeen Orelesi - Unattached
-Raheem Lawal -CD.Baleares, Spain
Ibok Edet - CD Athletico Baleares, Spain Daniel Adejo - Reggiana, Italy
-Lukman Haruna - Monaco, France
-Rabiu Ibrahim - Sporting Lisbon, Portugal
-Yakubu Alfa - Helsingborgs, Sweden -Oluwashina Abe - Sunshine Stars
-Moh Shehu Shagari - Kano Pillars
-Daniel Uchechi -West Ham, England
-King Osanga - Heartland
-Kehinde Fatai -Farul Constanta, Romania
-Sone Aluko - Aberdeen, Scotland
-Odion Ighalo - Granada, Spain
-Gbolahan Salami - Sunshine Stars
-Stanley Ohawuchi - Bayelsa United
-Harmony Ikande - AC Milan, Italy