Nigeria's under-20 male football team, the Flying Eagles, yesterday in Abuja named a 30-man provisional squad for the African Youth Championship (AYC) which holds next month in Algeria. The list was contained in a statement signed by the team's Media Officer, Samm Audu.
It stated that the team handlers had picked four foreign-based players as part of the 30-man squad, from where they would pick their final 21-man squad for the competition.
"This means that all the invited 30 will be eligible for selection for the list that will be submitted to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) not later than March 6," Audu said in the statement.
The foreign-based players include Mikel Agu of FC Porto of Portugal and Saliu Sodiq of FC Metz of France.
The others are: Bright Osagie of Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg and Edafe Egbedi of AGF Aarhus of Denmark.
According to the statement, the other 26 players were drawn from the Nigerian domestic league.
The 30-man squad has goalkeepers Emmanuel Daniel, Jonah Usman and Samuel Okani.
It also has defenders Chizoba Amaefule, Shehu Abdullahi, Ikechukwu Okorie, Kingsley Madu, Hassan Abubakar, Ekoh Oke, Aliyu Mohammed and Aigbe Oliha.
The midfielders on the list include: Chidi Osuchukwu, Abduljeleel Ajagun, Uche Agbo, Ibrahim Aliyu, Nzube Anaezemba, Moses Orkuma, Ovbokha Agboyi, Oluwaseun Taro, Okechukwu Azubuike, Saliu Sodiq and Mikel Agu.
Strikers named in the squad are: Alhaji Gero, Umar Aminu, Christian Pyagbara, Harrison Egbune, Bright Ejike, Edafe Egbedi, Yahaya Adamu and Bright Osagie.
NAN reports that the 30-man squad left Abuja yesterday for two warm-up matches in Cairo, against their Egyptian counterparts, before heading to Tunisia for a three-week training camp.
Nigeria had won the competition's last edition in South Africa two years ago, and will be aiming for a repeat when the championship holds from March 16 to March 30.
In addition, it will be aiming to qualify from the competition for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey later in the year.