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Nwakali, Osimhen lead 16 Flying Eagles to Burundi today

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Kelechi Nwakali (R) of Nigeria poses with the adidas bronze boot and team mate Victor Osimhen of Nigeria.

Kelechi Nwakali (R) of Nigeria poses with the adidas bronze boot and team mate Victor Osimhen of Nigeria.

Coach Emmanuel Amuneke has cast his lot with his FIFA U-17 World Cup winners, with about 15 of them making the list of 18 players of the Flying Eagles’ squad going for this weekend’s 2017 CAF U-20 Cup of Nations qualifying match against Burundi in Bujumbura.

Team Secretary, Aliyu Lawal Ibrahim, told thenff.com that the Nigerian delegation will fly out of Abuja aboard an Ethiopian Airline plane today.

Nwakali, named the Player of the Tournament at the FIFA U-17 World Cup finals in Chile, where Nigeria scooped a fifth title, is joined by tournament best scorer, Victor Osimhen, and Bronze Boot winner, Samuel Chukwueze.

There are also goalkeeper Akpan Udoh, defenders Ejike Ikwu, John Lazarus and Udochukwu Anumudu, midfielders Orji Okonkwo and Kingsley Michael and forwards Chukwudi Agor and Chinedu Madueke.

Nigeria and Burundi will clash in a second round, first leg qualifying tie at the Prince Louis Stadium in Bujumbura on Saturday, starting from 3.00 p.m. Burundi time (1.00 p.m. Nigeria time).


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