Remo, Lobi Stars, Akwa United players dominate Salisu Yusuf's 30-man list for U-23 qualifiers

Salisu Yusuf

U-23 AFCON Remo, Lobi Stars, Akwa United players dominate Salisu Yusuf's 30-man list for U-23 qualifiers

Jidechi Chidiezie 16:33 - 03.03.2023

The previous stage of the qualifiers saw Nigeria's Olympic Eagles knock Tanzania out.

Head coach of Nigeria's Olympic football team Salisu Yusuf has listed 30 players expected to participate in a camping exercise ahead of Nigeria's Africa U-23 Cup of Nations qualifying fixture against Guinea.

Yusuf's call-up includes four goalkeepers, eight defenders, ten midfielders, and eight attackers, mostly players plying their trade in the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL).

The Olympic Eagles will host the first leg at Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan on March 22, 2023, before travelling to Guinea for the reverse fixture.

The 30-man squad

Goalkeepers: John Amah (Sunshine Stars); Nurudeen Badmus (Dakkada FC); Ifeanyi Nchekwube (Akwa United); Oriya Joseph (Lobi Stars)

Defenders: Christopher Nwaeze (Plateau United); Desmond Ojietefian (Shooting Stars); Okechukwu Chikason (Enyimba FC); Anthony Anieke (Akwa United); Samuel Olamilekan (Niger Tornadoes); Benjamin Tanimu (Bendel Insurance); Evans Ogbonda (Port Harcourt City); Umar Ahmed Farouk (Gombe United)

Midfielders: Daniel Wotlai (Abia Warriors); Akanni Qudus (Remo Stars); Auwalu Naziru (Rangers Int’l); Chibuike Nwaiwu (Enyimba FC); Divine Nwachukwu (Bendel Insurance); Taofeek Malomo (Shooting Stars); Samuel Chisom (Kwara United); Samaila Sarki (Bendel Insurance); Kumaga Suur (Lobi Stars); Inye Green (Ibani United)

Forwards: Munir Idris (Niger Tornadoes); Ahmed Jimoh (Kwara United); Ezekiel Edidiong (Remo Stars); Ifeanyi Ogba (Akwa United); Umar Ibrahim (El-Kanemi Warriors); Alkasin Deji Yusuf (Dakkada FC); Mojereola Suleiman (Sunshine Stars); Akile Monday (Lobi Stars)

Nigeria vs Guinea winner to qualify for U-23 AFCON

In the previous round, Tanzania held the Olympics Eagles to a 1-1 draw in Dar es Salaam but got knocked out at Nigeria's expense following a 2-0 defeat in Ibadan.

The winner of the tie between Nigeria and Guinea will proceed to the 2023 U-23 AFCON.

The Africa U-23 Cup of Nations event will serve as the qualification process for African teams expected to participate in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

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