The jersey numbers of the 21 players heading to Poland for the FIFA U20 World Cup have been allocated, reports Futbalgalore.com.
And based on the kit numbers allocated, everything is pointing to the fact that Kogi United shot stopper Detan Ogundare will be in between the pipes when Nigeria U20s tackle Qatar in their opener on May 24 as he has been handed the number one jersey.
Birthday boy Success Makanjoula who turns 18 on Friday will suit up in jersey number 17. Former Esperance and Shakhtar Donestsk forward Julius Efosa Aghahowa aka Agha Wonder don the jersey in the 1999 U20 World Cup and was productive. The jersey should give the skillful lad goodluck at the tournament.
The iconic number 10 shirt which is usually reserved for the star player in a team will be worn by Akwa United attacking midfielder Aniekeme Okon.
Coach Paul Aigbogun has also strongly hinted that captain Ikouwem Udo is his preferred choice at left back as the Enyimba defender will play with the number three jersey whereas Igoh Ogbu will wear number 12.
The number two and four jerseys were handed to Zulkifilu Rabiu and Peter Eletu respectively, another indication that they are likely to make his starting XI.
Sogndal striker Akor Adams will wear the number nine kit while number eight goes to Tom Dele-Bashiru.
AFC Bournemouth midfielder Nathan Ofoborh has been handed jersey number 13 while lanky striker Chinonso Emeka will be spotting number 18.
Nigeria Squad Numbers
1 GK Detan Ogundare 8 December 2000 (aged 18) Kogi United
2 DF Zulkifilu Rabiu 1 January 2002 (aged 17) Plateau United
3 DF Ikouwem Udo 11 November 1999 (aged 19) Enyimba
4 MF Peter Eletu 24 January 2000 (aged 19) Prince Kazeem FC
5 DF Aliu Salawudeen 28 September 1999 (aged 19) Emmanuel Amuneke Academy
6 DF Valentine Ozornwafor 1 June 1999 (aged 19) Enyimba
7 MF Yira Sor 24 July 2000 (aged 18) 36 Lion Soccer Academy
8 MF Tom Dele-Bashiru 17 September 1999 (aged 19) Manchester City
9 FW Akor Adams 29 January 2000 (aged 19) Sogndal
10 MF Aniekeme Okon 8 May 1999 (aged 20) Akwa United
11 FW Okechukwu Offia 26 December 1999 (aged 19) Sirius
12 DF Igoh Ogbu 8 February 2000 (aged 19) Rosenborg BK
13 MF Nathan Ofoborh 7 November 1999 (aged 19) AFC Bournemouth
14 MF Kingsley Michael 26 August 1999 (aged 19) Perugia
15 DF Jamil Muhammad 12 November 2000 (aged 18) Kano Pillars
16 GK Olawale Oremade 31 December 1999 (aged 19) Oasis FC
17 MF Success Makanjuola 24 May 2001 (aged 17) Water FC
18 FW Chinonso Emeka 30 August 2001 (aged 17) Brook House FC
19 MF Maxwell Effiom 5 November 1999 (aged 19) Enyimba
20 FW Muhamed Tijani 26 July 2000 (aged 18) Czech Republic Baník Ostrava
21 GK Jonathan Zaccala 8 October 2001 (aged 17)