By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets coach, Nduka Ugbade has invited the younger brother of Super Eagles goalkeeper (Francis Uzoho), Pascal Uzoho alongside 19 other players for this year’s West African Football Union (WAFU-B) U-17 Tourney in Ghana.
Pascal Uzoho, a Goalkeeper, worked very hard to make the U-17 team. He was part of the thousands that throng the FIFA Goal Project.
Like his elder brother, Francis Uzoho, he is going to hope he becomes a World Cup champion at the U17 level, but first, his team needs to qualify for the nation’s cup.
Five-time world champions Nigeria will set out on course for another title on Wednesday when they depart the country for the Ghanaian city of Cape Coast, where they will participate in the Seven-Nation WAFU B U17 Championship that begins on Saturday.
The two finalists from the tournament in Cape Coast will represent the WAFU B zone at the Africa U17 Cup of Nations billed for Algeria early next year, from where all four semi-finalists will qualify for the FIFA U17 World Cup finals in Peru.
Nigeria, with five world titles in the kitty, and three-time world champions and hosts Ghana will set the tournament rolling on Saturday with a potentially –explosive encounter at the Stade Cape Coast starting from 4 pm Ghana time (5 pm Nigeria time).
The Golden Eaglets are in Group A of the competition, with a second match against Togo’s U17 boys on Tuesday next week, also at the Stade Cape Coast.
GOLDEN EAGLETS FOR WAFU B U17 CHAMPIONSHIP IN CAPE COAST
Goalkeepers: Richard Odoh, Hameed Balogun, Pascal Uzoho
Defenders: Jeremiah Olaleke, Emmanuel Michael, Tochukwu Ogboji, Yahaya Lawal, Miracle Ogwor
Midfielders: Basil Mbata, Ebube Okere, Tochukwu Ogbabido, Richard Uche, Ozor Okeke, Raphael Oyebanjo
Forwards: Umar Abubakar, Kevwe Iyede, Light Eke, Abubakar Abdullahi, Jubril Azeez, Precious Williams
Standby: Utibe Silas, Abdullahi Buhari, Abubakar Shaibu, Tijjani Mohammed, Stephen Emmanuel
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