By Colin Udoh:
Former Nigeria Under-17 captain Fortune Chukwudi heads a list of all 21 promoted U17 players invited by coach John Obuh to the Nigeria Under-20 camp in Abuja in preparation for next year’s African Youth Championship.
Chukwudi was alleged by former international Adokiye Amiesimaka to be nearly seven years over the age he claimed to be, but was allowed to compete at the Under-17 tournament after successfully going through an MRI wrist test.
Obuh has recalled every member of the squad which reached the final of the 2009 FIFA Under 17 World Cup.
The qualifying series for the final competition, slated for Libya, will begin in August, and Obuh has opted to camp the same set of players with whom he won the silver medal at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Nigeria 2009.
The players are expected to report in Abuja on March 15.
Goalkeepers Paul Danjuma, John Felagha and Amos Izuchukwu top the list, with defenders Fortune Chukwudi, Aliyu Mohammed Goyi, Aigbe Oliha, Jacom Mgbam and Kenneth Omeruo also called.
Others are midfielders George White Agwuocha, Abdul Ajagun, Ramon Azeez, Olaitan Otubanjo, Eddy Onazi, Deji Joel and Obinna Okoro, as well as strikers Terry Envoh, Stanley Okoro, Sani Emmanuel, Omo Ojabu, Olanrewaju Kayode and Edafe Egbedi.
Nigeria will play the winner of the preliminary fixture Togo/Guinea in the first round of the qualifying race, with the first leg scheduled for Nigeria in the third week of July.
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