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Can Bosso's Boys Bring U-20 Afcon Glory To The Nation?


Head Coach of the U20 men’s national team, Isah Ladan Bosso invited 40 players to begin camping in Abuja from Monday 28th November in preparation for next year’s Africa U20 Cup of Nations finals in Egypt (scheduled from 18 February to 14 March).


Wow! This is a positive development!


I am happy that at least the list of players to prosecute the 2023 Under 20 Afcon is released about 13 weeks before the tournament commencement. This suggests that this NFF administration is focused on making improvements to how our various national teams prepare for tournaments.


Bosso appears to have kept faith with the bulk of players that qualified for this Afcon in swashbuckling style earlier in the year.


It augurs well for well for what to expect of this outfit.


With all four semi-finalists set to qualify for the world cup, Bosso’s chances are high. My prayer is just that he is allowed to lead the team to the world cup if Nigeria qualifies for the Afcon semifinals but ultimately fails to win any medals.


The NFF should by now have realised the errors in sacking a coach that met their primary targets so close to a tournament simply because of cosmetic shortcomings.


The 2023 FIFA U20 world cup will take place in the nation of Indonesia between 20 May and 11 June next year. The Flying Eagles of Nigeria have appeared in the tournament 11 times with two silver and one bronze medals against their name.


Good luck to Bosso and his boys!


Nigeria's Preliminary List For U-20 Afcon


Goalkeepers: Nathaniel Nwosu (Water FC); Kingsley Aniagboso (Giant Brillars); Saheed Jimoh (Adoration FC); Kehinde Ogundele (Insurance FC); Edward Ameh (Mailantarki FC)


Defenders: Oluwatosin Adegbite (Enyimba FC): Benjamin Frederick (Nasarawa United); David Sholumade (Akwa United); Sunday Haruna (Wikki Tourists); Dominion Ohaka (Water FC); Shaibu Hassan (Smart City); Solomon Agbalaka (Broad City); Adedoyin Odele (36 Lion); Junior Nduka (Remo Stars)


Midfielders: Daniel Daga (Dakkada FC); Hassan Anas (Vandrezzer FC); Ogbelu Onuche (Fosla FC); Udoh Godwin (City FC Abuja): Muhammad Aminu (Gombe United); Sambo Shehu (Katsina United); Samuel Longbak (Plateau United); Ozuka Ogochukwu (Katsina United); Alex Oyewah (Bayelsa United); Obiaku Ifesinachi (36 Lion); Caleb Ochedikwu (Mavloon FC); Christopher Chinedu (Unique FC); Isaac Ayuma (Mavloon FC)


Forwards: Rilwanu Haliru (Mahanaim FC); Tolulope Ojo (Phoenix FC); John Edwin (Water FC); Divine Nwachukwu (Insurance FC); Albert Hilary (Plateau United); Ibrahim Yahaya (Wikki Tourists); Umar Badamasi (El-Kanemi Warriors); Adam Abdulrahaman (Mahanim FC); Azeez Akintunde (3SC); Sunday Emmanuel (Empire FC): Emmanuel Jonas (Niger Tornadoes); Francis Ayuba (Nasarawa United); Emmanuel Justin (Unique FC)


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