The wait for Nigeria’s provisional squad for the upcoming U20 World Cup finally came to an end last week when head coach Paul Aigbogun officially unveiled his 31-man list.
There have been reactions from many soccer-loving Nigerians as regards the list. Many Flying Eagles supporters believe the manager can do more, while others are happy with the list.
Having studied the list over and over again, here are two things we noticed:
Kingsley Michael Gets Another Opportunity To Showcase His Talent
Bologna loanee Kingsley Michael was one of eight foreign-based players invited by Aigbogun, meaning he has another chance to showcase his talent.
Michael, 19, was invited to Dream Team VII by Coach Imama Amapakabo for their AFCON U23 qualifier against Libya last month but failed to come off the substitute bench in both legs.
He will hope to seize this opportunity by putting up a fine display in camp to stand a chance of making the squad to Poland.
Aigbogun Has Huge Trust In Homegrown Talents
Out of 31 players, Aigbogun invited 23 home-based stars, which shows the level of faith he has in players playing for Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clubs.
Super Eagles invitees Valentine Ozornwafor and Ikouwem Udo were invited to camp as expected, they will need to justify Aigbogun’s huge faith when the tournament begins in Poland.