The Nigeria Football Federation has officially released the list of 26 players who will represent the Golden Eaglets in the 2023 Africa U17 Cup of Nations. The team has also departed for Algeria in a bid to secure a World Cup ticket.

The tournament will take place in Algeria, and Nigeria will be competing against 11 other African nations for the ultimate prize.

The team will arrive in the Algerian city of Constantine on Sunday night to begin their final preparations for the competition. The city is renowned for its football culture, and it is where the Eaglets will play their Group B matches against Zambia, Morocco, and South Africa.

The Nigeria Football Federation faced complications in securing entry visas for a planned final training camp in Germany, prompting the decision to send the team earlier to Algeria for the final build-up. The team has been in camp since mid-March, playing 12 friendly matches at the NFF/FIFA Goal Project in Abuja. They won 11 of these matches and drew one, scoring a total of 66 goals and conceding 14.

The Eaglets will launch their campaign for honours on Sunday next week, with a match against Zambia at the 22,000 capacity Stade Mohamed Hamlaoui. They will then take on Morocco and South Africa in their other Group B matches.

The top four-placed teams in Algeria will qualify to represent Africa at the FIFA U17 World Cup finals scheduled for later this year. The Nigerian team will undoubtedly aim to be one of the teams to secure qualification for the global tournament.

The 26 players selected to represent Nigeria at the Africa U17 Cup of Nations are a mix of talented young players from various football academies in the country. These players include Richard Odoh from HB Football Academy, Emmanuel Michael from Simon Ben Football Academy, and Yahaya Daniuma Lawali from Mahanaim FC, among others.

Overall, the Nigeria Football Federation’s selection of the 26-player squad demonstrates the eagerness and determination of the Golden Eaglets to perform well in the upcoming tournament. Their performance in Algeria will undoubtedly be a source of pride for the nation’s football fans, who will be rooting for them to secure a place in the FIFA U17 World Cup finals.