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Nigeria national under-20 football team

The Nigeria men's national under-20 football team, also known as the Nigeria Under-20s or nicknamed the Flying Eagles, is the youth team for national soccer in Nigeria. It plays a large role in the development of Nigerian football, and is considered to be the feeder team for the senior team. It is controlled by the Nigeria Football Federation. The team as won a record seven Africa U-20 Cup of Nations titles and are also two timer runners up of the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Nigeria Under-20
Nickname(s)Flying Eagles
AssociationNigeria Football Association
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationWAFU (West Africa)
Head coachPaul Aigbogun
Home stadiumAbuja Stadium
FIFA codeNGA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA U-20 World Cup
Appearances11 (first in 1981)
Best resultRunners-up (1989, 2005)
Africa U-20 Cup of Nations
Appearances17 (first in 1978–79)
Best resultChampions (1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 2005, 2011, 2015)
WAFU Zone B U-20 Tournament
Appearances2 (first in 2018)
Best resultRunners-up (2018)

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA U-20 World Cup recordEdit

Africa U-20 Cup of Nations recordEdit

Africa U-20 Cup of Nations
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
1977 Did not enter - - - - - - -
1979 Semi-finalists 3rd 4 1 2 1 4 3
1981 Semi-finalists 3rd 4 1 0 3 7 8
1983 Champions 1st 8 5 1 2 13 7
1985 Champions 1st 8 4 2 2 14 8
1987 Champions 1st 8 6 1 1 11 9
1989 Champions 1st 8 5 3 0 16 6
 1991 Did not enter - - - - - - -
 1993 Group stage 5th 3 1 0 2 2 2
 1995 Third place 3rd 5 3 1 1 8 6
 1997 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
 1999 Second place 2nd 5 3 1 1 11 5
 2001 Group stage 8th 3 0 1 2 1 6
 2003 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
 2005 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 11 3
 2007 Second Place 2nd 5 2 1 2 6 6
 2009 Third place 3rd 5 3 0 2 8 5
 2011 Champions 1st 5 4 0 1 9 4
 2013 Third place 3rd 5 3 0 2 6 5
 2015 Champions 1st 5 4 0 1 12 4
 2017 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
 2019 Fourth place 4th 5 2 1 2 4 1
 2021 To be determined - - - - - - -
Total 17/22 7 titles 91 52 14 25 143 88

A gold background colour indicates that Nigeria won the tournament.

*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

*There was no third place match from 1979-1989.

Team honours and achievementsEdit

Intercontinental

Continental

Sub-Continental

StaffEdit

  • Head Coach: Paul Aigbogun
  • Assistants: Abdullahi Maikaba; Abubakar Bala
  • Scout: Hassan Abdallah
  • Goalkeepers' Trainer: Suleiman Shuaibu

Current squadEdit

The following players were named to the squad for 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup [1]
[2][3]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1GK Detan Ogundare (2000-12-08)8 December 2000 (aged 18)   Kogi United
1GK Olawale Oremade (1999-12-31)31 December 1999 (aged 19)   Kwara United
1GK Jonathan Zaccala (2001-10-08)8 October 2001 (aged 17)   Triestina

2DF Valentine Ozornwafor (1999-06-01)1 June 1999 (aged 19)   Enyimba
2DF Olasunkanmi Aliyu (1999-09-28)28 September 1999 (aged 19)   Emmanuel Amuneke Academy
2DF Igoh Ogbu (2000-02-08)8 February 2000 (aged 19)   Rosenborg
2DF Ikouwem Udo (1999-11-11)11 November 1999 (aged 19)   Enyimba
2DF Muhammad Rabiu (2002-01-01)1 January 2002 (aged 17)   Plateau United
2DF Jamil Muhammad (2000-11-12)12 November 2000 (aged 18)   Kano Pillars

3MF Nnamdi Ofoborh (1999-11-07)7 November 1999 (aged 19)   Bournemouth
3MF Peter Eletu (2000-01-24)24 January 2000 (aged 19)   Prince Kazeem FC
3MF Tom Dele-Bashiru (1999-09-17)17 September 1999 (aged 19)   Manchester City
3MF Kingsley Michael (1999-08-26)26 August 1999 (aged 19)   Perugia
3MF Maxwell Effiom (1999-11-05)5 November 1999 (aged 19)   Enyimba
3MF Aniekeme Okon (1999-05-08)8 May 1999 (aged 20)   Akwa United
3MF Collins Sor   Oasis FC

4FW Akor Jerome Adams (2000-01-29)29 January 2000 (aged 19)   Sogndal
4FW Tijani Muhammed (2000-05-13)13 May 2000 (aged 19)   FC Baník Ostrava
4FW Henry Offia (1999-12-26)26 December 1999 (aged 19)   Sirius
4FW Chinonso Emeka   Brookhouse
4FW Success Makanjuola   Water FC

Recent CallupsEdit

Players called for 2019 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations and Qualification [4][5][6]

Caps as of 21 July 2018

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Akpan Udoh (1999-07-18) 18 July 1999 (age 20) 1 0   Bnei Sakhnin
2DF Zaruma Samuel (2002-04-16) 16 April 2002 (age 17) 4 1   Plateau United
1GK Mohammed Galadima 0 0   Nasarawa United
2DF Chidubem Nwosu 0 0   36 Lions
2DF Mubarak Abdulsalam 0 0   Wikki Tourists
2DF Solomon Onome (1999-05-16) 16 May 1999 (age 20) 0 0  
2DF Ekene Olisema (2000-05-12) 12 May 2000 (age 19) 4 0   Lobi Stars
2DF Abdullahi Abubakar (1999-11-03) 3 November 1999 (age 19) 0 0   Nasarawa United
3MF Douglas Achiv 0 0   Nasarawa United
3MF Duarw Nuhu (1999-12-29) 29 December 1999 (age 19) 0 0   Akwa United
3MF Ali Isah 1 0  
3MF Quadri Liameed 0 0   36 Lions
3MF Aremu Afeez (1999-10-03) 3 October 1999 (age 20) 2 1   IK Start
3MF Alhassan Ibrahim (2000-10-14) 14 October 2000 (age 19) 4 1   Kano Pillars
4FW Nazifi Yahaya (2000-12-16) 16 December 2000 (age 18) 2 2   Sonderjyske
4FW Ibrahim Aliyu 0 0   Oasis FC
4FW Adeshina Gata (1999-02-08) 8 February 1999 (age 20) 2 0   Wikki Tourists
4FW Ibrahim Abubakar Babawo (2000-01-24) 24 January 2000 (age 19) 5 1   Plateau United
4FW Okoh Victor 0 0   Real Sapphire FC
4FW Mohammed Nur (2002-12-02) 2 December 2002 (age 16) 0 0   El-Kanemi Warriors
4FW Idris Guda (2000-12-15) 15 December 2000 (age 18) 1 0   Wikki Tourists
4FW Eneji Moses (1999-04-08) 8 April 1999 (age 20) 1 0   Plateau United
4FW Wasiu Alalade (1999-07-06) 6 July 1999 (age 20) 4 3   Enyimba
4FW Jesse Akila (2001-12-27) 27 December 2001 (age 17) 1 0   MFM F.C.

Current Team StatusEdit

2019 FIFA U20 World Cup (Group Stage)


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Ukraine (A) 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 7 Knockout stage
2   United States (A) 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6
3   Nigeria (A) 3 1 1 1 5 3 +2 4
4   Qatar (E) 3 0 0 3 0 6 −6 0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(A) Advance to a further round; (E) Eliminated.
Qatar  0–4  Nigeria
Report
Attendance: 3,010[7]
United States  2-0  Nigeria
Report
Nigeria  1-1  Ukraine
Report

2019 FIFA U20 World Cup (Knockout Stage)

Nigeria  2–1
Report
Attendance: 6,854[8]
Referee: Davide Massa (Italy)

Former coachesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.thenff.com/2019/06/nigerias-23-man-afcon-squad-lands-in-ismailia/
  2. ^ https://www.premiumtimesng.com/sports/football/329827-flying-eagles-coach-names-final-squad-for-fifa-u-20-world-cup.html
  3. ^ https://www.livesoccertv.com/news/29936/nigeria-u-20-team-profile-key-players-full-squad-list-coach-for-2019-fifa-u-20-world-cup/
  4. ^ http://www.cafonline.com/en-US/NewsCenter/News/NewsDetails?id=oMQ58GCx1odHOVWhH07Vcg%3d%3d
  5. ^ "Flying Eagles Captain, Udoh: We're Going For Away Win Against Guinea Bissau - Complete Sports Nigeria". Complete Sports Nigeria. 9 May 2018. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  6. ^ http://www.cafonline.com/en-us/competitions/21theditiontotalu-20africacupofnations,niger2019/MatchDetails?MatchId=L8YLZHpvN0oPNgyl76dBbXEGy8cbbynAlWIFUPdT%2fzRhxh6zHXBPZTj%2b6T1qI27a
  7. ^ "Match report – Group D – Qatar v Nigeria" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 24 May 2019. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Match report – Round of 16 – Senegal v Nigeria" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 3 June 2019. Retrieved 3 June 2019.