Several foreign-based professionals are now expected to fortify the Flying Eagles at next month’s U20 AFCON in Egypt with Albania-based midfielder Hamzat Basit Ojediran leading the way.
The former Golden Eaglets star is a strong, ball-playing defensive midfielder, who could also play as central midfielder, from Albanian KF Egnatia.
He featured at the 2019 U17 World Cup in Brazil.
UK-based winger Thompson Ishaka has also staked a strong claim on a squad place to the U20 AFCON.
He loves to take on, he is daring and has a lovely close ball control.
Sweden-based central defender Abel Ogwuche, 19, is another player knocking on the Flying Eagles door to Egypt.
He is in his second season with second division Trelleborg.
He is a young giant and in training has looked very assured on the ball.
Norwich City U21 striker Kenny Coker has also impressed with his all-action style, while Turkey-based defender Michael Ologo is widely expected to bring his experience in the Turkish Super Lig to bear on the Flying Eagles back four.
In the qualifiers last May in Niger Republic, Lithuania-based Adams Olubi was the only overseas-based player for the Flying Eagles.