Nigeria today named a final squad for the 2019 U23 AFCON, dominated by overseas-based profeesionals led by the likes of skipper Okechukwu Azubuike, Kelechi Nwakali and Taiwo Awoniyi.
Valentine Uzornwafor (Spain), Sincere Seth (Turkey), Orji Okwonkwo (Italy), Muyiwa Olabiran (Russia), Anthony Izuchukwu (Norway) and Tom Dele-Bashiru (England) also made the cut.
The home-based stars include Nasarawa United striker Sunusi Ibrahim, goalkeepers Adamu Abubakar (Wikki Tourists) and Mohammed Galadima (Nasarawa United) as well as Olisa Ndah (Remo Stars)
The U23 AFCON kicks off November 8 in Egypt and the main squad departed from Abuja today, while several of the overseas pros will fly directly to Cairo from their bases.
Nigeria will open their campaign on November 9 against Cote d’Ivoire.
South Africa and Zambia are the other teams in their first round group.
Goalkeepers: Adamu Abubakar (Wikki Tourists); Mohammed Galadima (Nasarawa United); Kingdom Osayi (Giant Brillers)
Defenders: Olisah Ndah (Remo Stars); Samuel Atavti (Esperance FC, Tunisia); Valentine Ozornwafor (UD Almeria, Spain); Sincere Seth (Boluspor FC, Turkey); Josiah Chukwudi (Spartak Tranava, Slovakia); Anthony Izuchukwu (Nest Sotra, Norway); Bitok Stephen (FC Isloch, Belarus)
Midfielders: Sunusi Ibrahim (Nasarawa United); Aliyu Yau Adam (Spartak Jurmala, Latvia); Muyiwa Olabiran (Tambov FC, Russia); Kelechi Nwakali (FC Huesca, Spain); Ndifreke Effiong (Akwa United); Sunday Faleye (Wacker FC, Austria); Tom Dele-Bashiru (Watford FC, England); Azubuike Okechukwu (Basaksehir FC, Turkey)
Forwards: Orji Okwonkwo (Bologna FC, Italy); Taiwo Awoniyi (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); Bright Enobakhare (Wolverhampton Wanderers, England)