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Auspicious
Jul 29, 2011, 03:51 AM
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According to the FIFA.com/U-20 World Cup website (http://www.fifa.com/u20worldcup/teams/team=1888282/index.html):


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The past
Nigeria have made an African record eight appearances at the FIFA U-20 World Cup but never won the title. While the giant west African nation has produced a world champion at under-17 level on three separate occasions, it has yet to taste the same success in the older age category. The Flying Eagles have come close however, losing 2-0 to Portugal in the 1989 final in Saudi Arabia, and again 16 years later in the Netherlands to a Lionel Messi-inspired Argentina. Nigeria were also third in the old Soviet Union in 1985, when their squad included their current senior team coach Samson Siasia. Their appearance at Colombia 2011 will be a fourth successive trip to the FIFA U-20 World Cup finals

The present
Nigeria started slowly and were beaten in one of their group games at the African Youth Championships in South Africa, but then confirmed their credentials with exciting wins over Mali and Cameroon in the semi-final and final of the eight team tournament. With their success, Nigeria extended to six the number of times they have won the continental title. The backbone of the team comes from players who finished runners-up at the last FIFA U-17 World Cup on home soil two years ago. Players like Edafe Egbedi, Ramon Azeez and Terry Envoh, who came on as a substitute to score the winner in the final against Cameroon, have moved up from the FIFA U-17 World Cup squad two years ago.

The future
Coach John Obuh had problems picking a full strength squad for the African championship, as so many Nigerian starlets already play outside of their country, with many clubs reluctant to allow them to compete. It was the case for his star player Ahmed Musa. He made it for just one game because of commitments at his Dutch club of VVV-Venlo. He will be available for the entire tournament in Colombia. But ultimately Obuh chose to keep faith with the team that won the continental crown in South Africa, naming mostly of them in the squad list. The team will be led by Ramon Azeez with the quartet of Sani Emmanuel, Kenneth Omeruo and Omoh Ojabu and Paul Dami of the 2009 Golden Eaglets (Nigeria U-17) also in the team. Players such as Kazim Yekini, Sani Tahir, Bright Ejike, and Chimezie Mbah have been called up for the first time.

Goalkeepers
1 Dami PAUL
16 Gideon GAMBO
21 Kazim YEKINI
Defenders
2 Terna SUSWAN
5 Kenneth OMERUO
6 Ganiu OGUNGBE
13 Emmanuel ANYANWU
17 Felix UDOH
19 Chimezie MBAH
Midfielders
4 Sani TAHIR
15 Philemon DANIEL
20 Ramon AZEEZ
Forwards
3 Omoh OJABU
7 Ahmed MUSA
8 Maduabuchi EJIKE
9 Olarenwaju KAYODE
10 Abdul AJAGUN
11 Terry ENVOH
12 Uche NWOFOR
14 Sani EMMANUEL
18 Edafe EGBEDI
Coach
OBUH John
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Former stars
Wilfred Agbonavbare (1983), Samson Siasia (1985), Jonathan Akpoborie (1987), Thompson Oliha (1987), Mutiu Adepoju (1989), Joseph Yobo (1999), Rabiu Afolabi (1999), Julius Aghahowa (1999), Taye Taiwo (2005), John Obi Mikel (2005), Brown Ideye (2007), Lukman Haruna (2009).

Key players
Terna Suswam (defender), Ramon Azeez (midfielder), Ahmed Musa (forward), Uche Nwofor (forward), Sani Emmanuel (forward).

The numbers game
6 The record number of times that Nigeria have won the African Youth Championship, which is three more times than any other nation. It is also the number of years since the Flying Eagles have lifted the trophy since winning the 2005 edition in Benin.
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Unregistre
Jul 31, 2011, 11:13 PM
A 5-0 win is more than a nice start for Nigeria. Lets hope the game against Croatia ends in a similar note.

Mikky jaga
Aug 1, 2011, 12:59 PM
A 5-0 win is more than a nice start for Nigeria. Lets hope the game against Croatia ends in a similar note.

The guys are determined and skillful. If there are no serious injury worries and Referees do not resort to their usual antics, I believe the boys will go far in the tournament.