Idowu, Abubakar makes Flying Eagles 35-man squad for AYC qualifier

The Flying Eagles on Wednesday in Abuja named Kogi-born pair Akinjide Idowu, Aliyu Abubakar alongside former Golden Eaglets’ stars Kelechi Iheanacho and Isaac Success in a 35-man provisional squad being expected to reconvene on Sunday.Nigeria v Mexico: FIFA U-17 World Cup UAE 2013 Final

A statement signed by the team’s Media Officer, Samm Audu, said the squad would be opening camp ahead of their upcoming 2015 African Youth Championship (AYC) qualifier.

Iheanacho is with Manchester City FC of England, while Success recently joined Granada CF in Spain.

Several other overseas-based players, including Musa Muhammed of Besiktas in Turkey, Chidiebere Nwakali of Manchester City and Chidera Eze of FC Porto in Portugal were also picked.

Also in the squad, which is made up of the bulk of the 2013 FIFA U17 World Cup-winning team, is Musa Yahaya of Celta Vigo in Spain.

The squad being handled by former Golden Eaglets’ coach Manu Garba also has goalkeeper Sunday Alampasu, who is undergoing trials in Belgium.

The full squad
Goalkeepers: Alampasu, Adamu Abubakar, Abdulazeez Abubakar and Zaharadden Mohammed

Defenders: Samuel Okon,Aliyu Abubakar, Wilfred Ndidi, Izu Omego, Timothy Danladi and Ifeanyi Nweke.

Midfielders: Mazadu Sirajo, Mustapha Abdullahi, Musa Muhammed, Zaharaddeen Bello, Abdullahi Alfa, Akinjide Idowu, Ifeanyi
Matthew, Mathias Samuel, Fedelix Irene, Uche Okeke and Nwakali

Strikers: Taiwo Awoniyi, Alhassan Ibrahim, Bernard Bulbwa,Suleiman Abdullahi, Billy Auta, Abubakar Lawal, Wasiu Jimoh, Anthony Omaka, Umar Ahmed, Iheanacho, Success, Yahaya, Eze and Victory Omodiagbe.

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