Flying Eagles supremo Paul Aigbogun has said that his decision to pick his final 21 man squad for the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup in Poland was a difficult one.
Aigbogun who spoke to the players over dinner on Monday at their Bad Goegging, Germany training camp before unvieling the list said he picked the best players for the U20 World Cup.
“Deciding on the final squad was difficult because so many of players actually gave a good account of themselves both in training and matches, but we cannot take every one to the tournament,” the former Enyimba tactician said.
As many as nine players who did not feature at the recent U20 AFCON in Niger, where Nigeria placed fourth.
“We were meticulous with the selection as we just have to go with the best players and also consider some players ahead of others because they can function effectively in two, three positions, which is a big advantage going into a major tournament like this.” Paul concluded.
Nigeria’s last appearance at the FIFA U20 World Cup was in New Zealand four years ago, where Coach Manu Garba’s wards were eliminated in the Round of 16 by Germany in Christchurch.
The Flying Eagles play Qatar, the United States of America and Ukraine in that order at the championship in Poland, with their first game against Qatar in Tychy on 24thMay.