Nigeria will start their 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup campaign next Friday against Qatar, but who are the top five players to keep an eye on in the competition.
Paul Aigbogun’s side finished fourth at the 2019 African Youth Championship.
While it is hard to judge players future’s from tournament’s such as this, the following five players were hugely impressive, and could have a big future in the game:
Kingsley Michael [Perugia]
Michael impressed during his season long loan move from Bologna to Perugia. He loves to run at opponents using his explosive pace, and fantastic dribbling skills.
One of the most exciting young talents in the country, expect Michael to start for the Flying Eagles in Poland.
Success Makanjuola [Water FC]
Technically excellent, Success Makanjuola uses his vision, and dribbling skills to cut through opponents, and has a killer pass, which can be compared to previous Flying Eagles stars such as Chinedu Obasi, Chukwuma Akabueze and Christopher Ohenhen.
In the friendlies, the petit winger has been making a name for himself, churning out man-of-the-match displays and becoming the nightmare of opponents.
Currently in the Water FC squad, Makanjuola could rise further next season, and move to an elite club in Europe.
Valentine Ozornwafor [Enyimba]
The centre back was one of the star performers for the Flying Eagles throughout the African Youth Championship, impressing with his calmness, and awareness at the back.
He looks to build from the back, and has an excellent passing range.
Ikouwem Utin [Maccabi Haifa]
Ikouwem Utin will be attending his third major tournament within a year. This speaks of steady rise in the round leather game.
The youngster is technical, playing on the left, using his terrific skills, and low centre of gravity to breeze past opponents.
His talent is so big that he recently signed for Maccabi Haifa in Israel.
You could see the full back appearing in the Isreali top flight next season.
Nnamdi Ofoborh [AFC Bournemouth]
A tall box to box midfielder, Nnamdi Ofoborh has great passing ability, and shows an eye for goal in games.
The player compares himself to Paul Scholes. He has a bright future.