Heartland’s Stanley Okoro is top of the 21-man squad picked by head coach John Obuh for this month’s Fifa Under-17 World Cup starting October 24.
The team, which has been training in Qatar for nearly two weeks,Â returned on Friday afternoon and will play one final tune-up game before heading to Abuja on Monday.
The team trained for 12 days at the Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence in Doha, Qatar and Obuh is confident he has the team to do the business.
â€œWe are set to go. Definitely, we have enjoyed our stay atÂ Aspire and the facilities are fantastic. I only wish we had come much earlier.
â€œHaving said that, I think we have a team that can deliver. We played three friendly matches in Qatar and scored 21 goals, conceding three. However, we are not using those results to judge our readiness. We know we are going to play much stronger teams at the World Cup.
â€œOur focus is first, on the openingÂ match against Germany on Saturday. It is going to be tough but football is about being prepared to play the tough games. When the going gets tough, the tough gets going.â€
Nigeria will play Germany in the opening match of the championship next Saturday. Other teams in the Group A are Honduras and Argentina.
The Nigeria Football Federation has elected to keep the Golden Eaglets in Lagos for three days before the team flies to Abuja on Monday.
On Sunday, the Eaglets are expected to take on a Premier League side in Lagos. On arrival in Abuja on Monday, the Eaglets will move straight into their Transcorp Hilton abode for the tournament.