Manu Garba releases 20-man squad for Morocco friendly

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Abuja – Manu Garba, Head Coach of the National U-20 team, the Flying Eagles, on Friday released the names of his 20-man squad for the two-legged friendly match against Morocco.

This is contained in a statement issued by the team’s Media Officer, Samm Audu, in Abuja.

Manu Garba, head coach of Nigeria ponders during the FIFA U17 group F match between Sweden and Nigeria at Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium on October 22, 2013 in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Photo by FIFA

Manu Garba, head coach of Nigeria ponders during the FIFA U17 group F match between Sweden and Nigeria at Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium on October 22, 2013 in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Photo by FIFA

They are goalkeepers: Adamu Abubakar, Abdulazeez Abubakar and Emeka Nwabulu, while  the defenders are Aliyu Abubakar, Wilfred Ndidi, Prince Izu Omego, Ifeanyi weke, Mustapha Abdullahi and Zaharaddeen Bello.

The midfielders are Abdullahi Alfa, Akinjide Idowu, Ifeanyi Matthew, Samuel Mathias, Musa Yahaya, Anthony Omaka and Bernard Bulbwa, while the strikers are Taiwo Awoniyi, Alhassan Ibrahim, Suleiman Abdullahi and Abubakar Lawal.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Nigeria U-20 team will play their Moroccan counterparts in a two-legged friendly match on April 9 and April 11, respectively.

Both teams are preparing for 2015 African Youth Championship qualifiers next month.

NAN recalls that Awoniyi and Ibrahim each fired a hat-trick in a test game against Lugbe United FC in Abuja on Thursday which the country’s U-20 team won 12-0.

Nigeria faces the winners of the match between Kenya and Tanzania, while Morocco takes on the winners of the clash between Togo and Equatorial Guinea in May.

The fixture is in continuation of the qualifying tournament to be hosted by Senegal in March 2015.  (NAN)

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